The twelfth edition of the World Cup is just one fortnight away. Fans across the globe are counting the remaining days in desperate wait to see the top teams fight it out for the biggest prize in the game. The much-awaited tournament will get underway on May 30. Hosts England will lock horns against South Africa in a mouth-watering clash that will mark the start of this year’s World Cup.

There is also a new format in place for the forthcoming tournament. In this year’s tournament, the teams have not been divided into separate groups. Instead, all the ten teams will play against each other once before the top four teams make it to the semifinal. The winners of the semifinals will then take on each other in the final on July 14 at the Lord’s. It will be the fifth World Cup-final at the iconic ground.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Warm-up games
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But prior to the main event, all the ten teams will be playing two warm-up games each. And to make sure that the fans do not miss any action related to the tournament, , the official broadcasters of the tournament in India Star Sports have 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.

The games will give all the teams an opportunity to acclimatise to the conditions and get into the groove for the main event. Meanwhile, the warm-up games don’t have official match status. As such, the teams will be allowed to field as many players as they want.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Warm-up games
India will play two warm-up games. Credit: BCCI

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Meanwhile, India will play their two warm-up games on May 25 (versus New Zealand) and May 28 (against Bangladesh). The games will begin at 3 pm IST. With Star Sports confirming the broadcasting news, one can also expect Hot Star to stream the games online

The Executive Vice-President Star TV Network Sanjog Gupta confirmed the same on Twitter, writing, “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’

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