Dubai: India will begin their ICC World Twenty20 campaign with a warm-up match against hosts Sri Lanka on September 15, followed by arch-rivals Pakistan on September 17 -- both the matches scheduled in Colombo.
Sri Lanka will play their second warm-up match against the West Indies on September 13, defending champion England`s would be up against Australia and Pakistan on September 17 and 19 September, respectively.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday announced the schedule of both men`s and women`s warm-up matches, which will be played in the lead up to the tournament, starting on September 18. The women`s competition will begin on September 26.
The men`s competition will be staged in Colombo, Hambantota and Pallekelle while the women`s group stage will be played in Galle.
However, Colombo alone will host the warm-up matches for both the men and women. The men`s warm-up matches will be played from 13 to 17 September and women`s matches on 22 and 23 September.
Schedule of warm-up matches (Men`s): 13 Sep: Ire v Zim, Moors Cricket Ground, Colombo 13 Sep: SL v WI, NCC, Colombo 15 Sep: Afg v SL `A`, Moors Cricket Ground, Colombo 15 Sep: Aus v NZ, NCC, Colombo 15 Sep: Ban v Zim, Colts Cricket Ground, Colombo 15 Sep: Ind v SL, P Sara Oval, Colombo 17 Sep: Aus v Eng, NCC, Colombo 17 Sep: Ban v Ire, Moors Cricket Ground, Colombo 17 Sep: NZ v SA, Colts Cricket Ground, Colombo 17 Sep: Afg v WI, P Sara Oval, Colombo 17 Sep: Ind v Pak, R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 19 Sep: Eng v Pak, P Sara Oval, Colombo.
BDST: 2011 HRS, August 18, 2012
Chanchal Ghosh, Newsroom Editor
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