The ICC has announced the schedule of warm-up matches to be played in the lead-up to the Champions Trophy,to be staged at Cardiff Wales Stadium,Edgbaston and The Oval from June 6 to 23.
The warm-up matches will be played from May 30 to June 4 at the three tournament venues. In line with previous ICC events,none of these matches will carry official ODI status.
On May 30,2002 edition winner Sri Lanka will take on Pakistan in a day/night fixture at Edgbaston. This will be the first of the four warm-up matches,which will be televised live by STAR Sports,ICC’s host broadcaster and global broadcast partner.
On June 1,India and Sri Lanka go head to head at Edgbaston in a day fixture. On the same day at Cardiff,defending champion Australia will take on 2004 winner West Indies in a day/night match.
On June 3,South Africa and Pakistan will lock horns at The Oval in a day match.
On June 4,Sri Lanka will square off against the West Indies at Edgbaston,and Australia will take on India.
In addition to the warm-up match,there will be captains’ pre-tournament media conferences.
Following is the schedule of warm-up matches:
Thursday,30 May – Pakistan v Sri Lanka (d/n),Edgbaston
Saturday,1 June – India v Sri Lanka (d),Edgbaston
Saturday,1 June – Australia v West Indies (d/n),Cardiff
Monday,3 June – Pakistan v South Africa (d),The Oval
Tuesday,4 June – Sri Lanka v West Indies (d),Edgbaston
Tuesday,4 June – Australia v India (d),Cardiff