ICC has announced a total of 14 non-ODI warm-up matches to be held in Adelaide, Christchurch, Melbourne and Sydney from February 8 to 13, the complete schedule, venue and timing of the matches to be held ahead of the World Cup 2015.
A total of 14 non-ODI warm-up matches will be played across Adelaide, Christchurch, Melbourne and Sydney from 8 to 13 February, with host and four-time former world champion Australia taking on reigning world champion India at Adelaide Oval on the first day.
In all, 4 matches will be played on the second day, with Christchurch hosting South Africa and Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval, and co-host New Zealand and Zimbabwe clashing at Bert Sutcliffe Oval.
In Sydney, England will face West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and Blacktown will host the sub-continent’s Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Three qualifiers will be held on Tuesday, 10 February, while European rivals Ireland and Scotland will lock horns at Blacktown in Sydney and India and Afghanistan will prepare for the tournament proper at the Adelaide Oval.
On Wednesday, 8 teams will play. New Zealand will meet South Africa at Hagley Oval, and Sri Lanka will take on Zimbabwe at Bert Sutcliffe Oval (both matches in Christchurch), 1992 World Cup finalists England and Pakistan will test each other at the Sydney Cricket Ground and Australia will play the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Feb.11.
On Thursday, 12 February, the West Indies will play Scotland at the Sydney Cricket Ground and Ireland will take on Bangladesh in Blacktown, while Friday, 13 February, sees the UAE play Afghanistan at Melbourne’s Junction Oval in the final warm-up game.
The entry for warm-up matches will be free but tickets should be obtained prior to entry into the stadia. All warm-up matches are not official ODIs and operate under slightly different rules with up to 15 players able to be used throughout the game with no more than 11 players may field at any one time.
The ICC said the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on 14 February will be between New Zealand and Sri Lanka and it will start at 1100 (NZT), while Australia will square-off against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the same day later at 1430 (AEDT).
The 29 March final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground will start at 1430 (AEDT).
Warm-up Matches Full Schedule, Timing, Venue:
Sunday, 8 February –India v Australia (1400), Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Monday, 9 February – South Africa v Sri Lanka (1100), Hagley Oval, Christchurch; New Zealand v Zimbabwe (1100), Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Christchurch; England v West Indies (1430), Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney; Pakistan v Bangladesh (1430), Blacktown ISP, Sydney
Tuesday, 10 February – Ireland v Scotland (1430), Blacktown ISP, Sydney; India v Afghanistan (1400), Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Wednesday, 11 February – New Zealand v South Africa (1100), Hagley Oval, Christchurch; Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe (1100), Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Christchurch; Australia v UAE (1430), Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne; England v Pakistan (1430), Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Thursday, 12 February – West Indies v Scotland (1000), Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney;
Ireland v Bangladesh (1000), Blacktown ISP, Sydney
Friday, 13 February – Afghanistan v UAE (1000) Junction Oval, Melbourne