World Cup 2019: India’s two warm-up matches to be telecast live

World Cup 2019: India’s two warm-up matches to be telecast live

There will be no restriction on the playing XI so that the entire squad gets a suitable practice ahead of the showpiece event.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The ICC World Cup is around two weeks away and the teams are busy for their last-minute preparations. The 10 participating teams will play two warm-up games each ahead of the tournament and the matches will take place between May 24 and 28. The teams will be able to fine-tune their final playing XIs from these games and although these matches do not have international status, yet they are followed keenly by the supporters. The broadcasters will also provide live telecast and streaming of these games.

India will play New Zealand and Bangladesh in the warm-up games

Two matches will be held every day and Afghanistan will take on Pakistan while South Africa will play Sri Lanka on the first day. India will be playing their two games on May 25 (versus New Zealand) and May 28 (against Bangladesh) respectively. All the games will be day affairs and start at 10:30 am local time which is 3 pm IST.

The teams will field 11 players as usual in the warm-up games but there will be no restriction on the playing XI so that the entire squad gets a suitable practice ahead of the big event. A player might not field but can bat. Teams can play all their bowlers during fielding and replace them with batters while batting.

Star Sports, the official broadcaster of the ICC World Cup in India, has in the last done live telecast of practice matches of ICC tournaments and is likely to continue that in this World Cup as well. Both of India’s practice games will be telecast live. The live online streaming of the ICC CWC warm-up matches will be provided on OTT platform Hotstar. The fans will have to shell out a nominal fee to access the World Cup-related telecast both on Hotstar and website.

The ICC World Cup will kick off on May 30 with the game between hosts England and four-time semi-finalists South Africa at the Kennington Oval. India will be playing their first match on June 5 when they take on South Africa in Southampton. It is after the 1999 World Cup, which was also held in England, that India will launch their campaign at the mega event with a game against South Africa.

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