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T20 World Cup: How's each team preparing for the marquee event?

Last updated on 21 May 2024 | 10:32 AM
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T20 World Cup: How's each team preparing for the marquee event?

A close look at how all 20 teams are warming up in the run into the tournament


All members of the T20 World Cup 2024 are taking part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, which will end about 10 days ahead of India's first match against Ireland in New York. Other than that, the Men in Blue will play one warm-up game against Bangladesh on June 1. The date and time for the match is yet to be provided.

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Other than their warm-up game against India, Bangladesh will play a three-match T20I series against the USA in Houston. They also played five T20Is against Zimbabwe at home, winning four of them. The Tigers kick off their World Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on June 7 in Dallas.

Pakistan & England

Pakistan recently played a three-match series against Ireland in Dublin. Ahead of the World Cup, they will play four T20Is against England between May 22 and 30, ahead of their opening World Cup match against co-hosts USA in Dallas. Meanwhile, the Jos Buttler-led side will start their title defence against Scotland in Barbados on June 4. Both Pakistan and England do not have any official warm-up matches lined up ahead of the marquee event.


While a few players like David Warner, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, and Cameron Green are playing their trade in the IPL, Australia don't have any official T20I slated to be played in the build-up to the World Cup. However, they have been provided with two official warm-up matches. The first will be against Namibia (May 28) and West Indies (May 30) - both at the Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad. Given that the IPL final will be played on May 26, Australia might not have all their players at their disposal for these games.

South Africa & West Indies

A depleted South Africa side will take on a depleted West Indies side in a three-match T20I series between May 23 and 26 at Sabina Park, Kingston. Most of the stars from both sides are currently part of the IPL and are not available for the series. 

The Proteas will then play an intra-squad match in Florida before beginning their World Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on June 3 in New York. The West Indies, on the other hand, play Australia in an official warm-up tie on May 30 before taking on Papua New Guinea (PNG) in their opening World Cup game on June 2.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka last played a T20I in March against Bangladesh and have no more T20Is coming up ahead of the World Cup. However, they do play a couple of warm-up matches in Lauderhill against the Netherlands (May 28) and Ireland (May 31).

Netherlands, Ireland and Scotland

These three teams are currently in the middle of a T20I tri-series at The Hague. Moreover, Ireland recently played three T20Is against Pakistan at home. On top of that, they also play Sri Lanka in T20 World Cup warm-up fixture on May 31 in Florida, ahead of their first game of Group D against South Africa on June 3 in New York. 

The Netherlands, on the other hand, have a couple of warm-up fixtures after the tri-series - against Sri Lanka (May 28) and Canada (May 30) - before kicking off the tournament against Nepal on June 4 in Dallas.

Finally, Scotland face Uganda (May 30) and Afghanistan (May 31) in their warm-up fixtures before taking on England in their opening Group B match against England on June 4.

New Zealand

With the majority of the team playing in the IPL, New Zealand have decided not to have a warm-up fixtures in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup. Head coach Gary Stead said they decided against having it as it is not logistically feasible.


Oman have begun their preparation in Barbados in their pre-tournament camp. They are in the middle of a few warm-up games against Barbados. They come into the tournament in good form having won ACC Mens T20I Premier Cup, 2024 at home. They have a chance to further up their skills when they play a couple of official warm-up games against PNG (May 27) and Afghanistan (May 29) before taking on Namibia in the first match of the World Cup on June 2.

Nepal, Uganda & Afghanistan

Nepal recently played T20s against West Indies A at home and have now travelled to the Caribbean where they are playing a few more T20s against Windward Islands before taking on Canada (May 27) and USA (May 30), ahead of their opening World Cup game against Netherlands in Dallas on June 4. 

Uganda, on the other hand made a couple of trips to Sri Lanka this year where they took on the SLC Development XI. Furthermore, the Cricket Cranes face Namibia (May 27) and Scotland (May 30) in their warm-up games. A few Afghanistan players are participating in the IPL, and they play just one warm-up game ahead of the World Cup - against Oman on May 29 at Port of Spain.

USA & Canada

The USA and Canada played a bilateral T20I series, with the former winning four out of the five games. The USA will also play three T20Is against Bangladesh between May 21 and 25. In addition, they will play a couple of warm-up games against Bangladesh (May 28) and Nepal (May 30). 

Canada, on the other hand, will face Nepal (May 27) and the Netherlands (May 30) in their warm-up matches. The US and Canada will also kick-start their T20 World Cup campaigns against each other on June 1. 

Namibia & PNG

Namibia pipped Oman in a five-match T20I series at Al Amerat in April. They will take on Australia (May 28) and PNG (May 30) in warm-up matches. PNG, on the other hand, recently won a T20I tri-series featuring Nepal and Hong Kong in Mong Kok. Other than Namibia, PNG face Oman in their two warm-up games ahead of the tournament. 

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