For the very first time in the history of ICC tournaments, all the warm-up matches of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be produced and will be made available for fans by Disney+ Hotstar.
The T20 extravaganza will take the center-stage as another edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup dawns over the horizon.
These warm-up matches promise to be a ‘battle before the battle’, a precursor for the fans, promising action-packed cricket and anticipation ahead of the Super 12 stage.
The warm-up fixtures amongst top 8 teams will be played over two days, i.e. October 18 and 20.
Cricket fans can enjoy the non-India warm-up matches on Disney+ Hotstar and Team India’s warm-up games against England and Australia on October 18 at 7.30 PM IST and October 20 at 3:30 PM IST respectively will be available on Disney+ Hotstar and Star Sports Network.
Commenting on the development, Sunil Rayan, President and Head, Disney+ Hotstar India said: “ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is the pinnacle of international T20 cricket and in an industry first we will exclusively stream all the warm-up matches of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup on our platform.”
“In line with our strategy, Disney+ Hotstar continues to strengthen itself as the preferred digital destination for all the sporting action, constantly offering newer engagement opportunities to fulfill the growing appetite of the sports fanatics in India,” added he.
For Team India, the players might have received sufficient exposure and have acclimatized to the conditions in the UAE after playing for their respective franchises in the just concluded season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) however, the warm-up matches will help them get their rhythm back together as a unit.
India will first take on England on October 18 before taking on Australia on October 20.
Notably, all the eight teams, who have secured qualification for Round 2 of the showpiece event, will play warm-up matches ahead of the main competition.
While the qualifiers will get underway from October 17 in Oman, the main tournament will begin from October 23 in the UAE in which Australia will be up against South Africa.
Team India, led by Kohli, will open their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai.
The Men In Blue, placed in the second group, will next face New Zealand on October 31 at the same venue before facing Afghanistan on November 3 in Abu Dhabi.
India will then take on the two of the four qualifiers on November 5 and 8 in Dubai.
The two semifinals will be held on November 10 and November 11 with the final to be played on November 14.