Mohali stadium to host four World T20 warm-up matches

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 03, 2016 23:21 IST
Afghanistan cricket team arrived in Chandigarh on Monday. (Gurminder Singh/HT)

Besides six main round matches, including three women World T20 ties, Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) will also host four warm-up matches on March 4 and 6 ahead of the World T20 tournament starting March 8.

Matches which were originally scheduled for Sector 16 stadium, will now be played as doubleheaders at the IS Bindra PCA Stadium in Mohali.

On Tuesday, three teams namely—Netherlands, Scotland and Afghanistan—arrived in city, while Oman are already here.

After the warm-up matches, other than Scotland and Afghanistan, the two teams will travel to Dharamsala for the Group A World T20 qualifying matches starting from March 9. Scotland and Afghanistan will make a trip to Nagpur to play their qualifying round matches along with Hong Kong and Zimbabwe.

Men’s afternoon matches will be played from 3pm to 6pm, while the evening matches will be played from 7:30pm to 11pm.

On the first day i.e. March 4, Netherlands will take on Afghanistan in the opening match, while later in the evening, Scotland will face Oman.

On March 6, Scotland will lock horns with Netherlands in the first match, while Oman will take on Afghanistan in the second match.

In Dharamsala, the warmup match due to take place on March 5 featuring Hong Kong and Bangladesh has been changed. Hong Kong will now play against a local side. Bangladesh will be unavailable as they are currently taking part in the Asia Cup.

Teams featuring in the second round will play warm-up matches in Kolkata and Mumbai from March 10 to 15 while the women’s warm-up matches will take place in Bengaluru and Chennai from March 10 to 14.

Meanwhile PCA has also stepped up its preparations. The lux-level of the stadium has been enhanced to 2000+ and the stadium will play hosts to 32 practice sessions and six main round matches in both men and women categories.

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