Cricket fans, get excited because the biggest carnival of cricket is just a month away. ICC ODI cricket World Cup 2019 is just around the corner. and just as teams get ready to clash for the biggest prize in World Cricket up for grabs, Star Sports, the official broadcaster of the tournament has gotten away with the rights to telecast all the warm-up matches before the tournament kicks off.
Star Sports has confirmed that all of the 10 practice matches will be telecasted live. The warm-up matches begin on May 24 and will continue till May 28 and will give the teams the opportunity to get accustomed to the playing conditions in England and also be able to fine-tune their playing XIs.
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The warm-up matches will don’t have any official playing status quo thus it gives the chance for Captains to try and test their winning combinations before the tournament gets underway. India, will two warm-up matches between May 24-28, their first match with New Zealand on 25th of May, while their second match will be played on 28th May against Bangladesh.
These matches are all day affairs and will begin at 3 pm IST. The matches will be broadcasted live on Star Sports channels and can also be streamed live on their app Hotstar, though users have to pay a subscription fee to have access to all the World Cup-related content on the Hotstar app and the website.
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The Executive Vice-President Star TV Network Sanjog Gupta confirmed the same on Twitter, posting, “10 warm-up matches (including both India warm-ups) will be aired live. 2 each on 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th (India plays on 25th and 28th).
10 warm-up matches (including both India warm-ups) will be aired live. 2 each on 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th (India plays on 25th and 28th). What should fans watch out for in these games? @cricketaakash @ProfDeano @scottbstyris @sanjaymanjrekar can better explain
— Sanjog Gupta (@Sanjog_G) May 16, 2019
The official WC games start from 3oth of May when hosts England play South Africa. India opens its account against South Africa on the 5th of June. We wish team India best of luck for the tourney.