The world awaits the start of the Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia. The mega tournament is hardly a month away.
The International Cricket Council on Thursday announced that teams in the first round will play their warm-up matches from October 10 and 13 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Junction Oval in Brisbane.
Teams that are part of the super 12 stages will play their warm-up matches on October 17 and October 19 at Allan Border Field and the Gabba.
India will play two T20 series ahead of the Men’s T20 World Cup.
Team India, after a bizarre performance in the ongoing Asia Cup, has a lot of positives ahead of the Men’s T20 World Cup.
The return of Virat Kohli to his usual best with the bat and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s impressive outing against Afghanistan in their final super four-game was a dominant performance.
The Indian cricket team will next play against Australia at home in a 3-match T20I series.
The schedule of the India vs. Australia series in India.
1st T20-September 20th-Mohali
2nd T20-September 23rd-Nagpur
3rd T20-September 25th-Hyderabad
After the series against Australia, India will play against the undefeated South African team on September 28.
South Africa tour of India T20 series schedule
1st T20-September 28th-Trivandrum
2nd T20-October 2nd-Guwahati
3rd T20-October 4th-Indore
After the T20 series, India will play a three-match one-day series before heading to the Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
India got two T20 series and a total of 6 matches to get their perfect team combination.
Youngsters like Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Hooda have proved to themselves that they deserve a chance in the squad.
Dinesh Karthik is yet to be tested to his full potential as he was not given enough opportunities in the playing XI.
Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid will be aiming to get the team combination right.
ICC Announces Warm-up Games Fixtures for the Men’s T20 World Cup
The International Cricket Council on September 8th announced the schedule for the warm-up games.
Warm-Up Matches Schedule
10 Oct – WI vs UAE, Scotland vs Netherlands (Junction Oval), SL vs Zimbabwe (MCG)
11 Oct – Namibia vs Ireland (MCG)
12 Oct – WI vs Netherlands (MCG)
13 Oct – Zimbabwe vs Namibia,
13 Oct – SL vs Ireland (Junction Oval), Scotland vs UAE (MCG)
17 Oct – Australia vs India, England vs Pakistan (the Gabba), NZ vs SA, AFG vs Ban (Allan Border Field).
19 Oct – AFG vs Pak, NZ vs India (The Gabba), Ban vs SA (Allan Border Field)
India will play their first warm-up game against defending champions and hosts of the Men’s T20 World Cup, Australia, on October 17th at the Gabba in Brisbane.
The Indian team will play their second warm-up match against the finalists of the ICC One-Day World Cup 2019 and the semi-finalists of the Men’s T20 World Cup 2020.
India has two good opponents to face before the mega showdown against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 23 at the MCG in Melbourne.
India can try out different combinations in the two warm-up games. Practice matches give the players a chance to get used to the conditions and the pitches.
Due to their inexperience, the Indian middle order has always crumbled in pressure situations. Two practice games can test them.
The match against India is the only warm-up match that Australia will be playing before the Men’s T20 World Cup.
Australia will play a three-match T20 series against India in
India and a 2-match T20 series against the West Indies.
A three-match T20 series against England starts on October 9.
The official first-round matches will start on October 16th.
A total of eight teams battle it out to qualify for the Super 12 stage of the Men’s T20 World Cup.
India’s Probable Squad for the Men’s T20 World Cup
India’s Probable Squad:
Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneswar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar, Axar Patel.
Reserves-Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Mohammed Shami
The official squad for the Men’s T20 World Cup is yet to be announced by BCCI.