Pakistan will face a stern test ahead of the ICC World Twenty20, clashing with archrivals India, as the sport’s world governing body announced the schedule of the warm-up matches.
The two teams will contest the warm-up match at the R Premadasa Stadium on September 17, a day before the tournament gets underway.
Host Sri Lanka will play warm-up matches against the West Indies and India at NCC ground and P Sara Oval on September, 13 and 15 respectively, while defending champion England’s warm-up matches are against Australia and Pakistan at the NCC Ground and P.Sara Oval on 17 and 19 September respectively.
Meanwhile, the ICC has also announced the schedule of the pre-event activities.
Sri Lanka’s captain will kick-off the pre-event activities by holding his media conference in Colombo on September 10. The Sri Lanka side, along with Ireland, will hold its open media session on September 11.
On September 14, the ICC will stage an ICC Hall of Fame cocktail reception in which ICC President Alan Isaac and Chief Executive David Richardson will announce the inductees and will also release the ICC ODI Team of the Year.
The ICC Awards will be staged in Colombo on September 15.
(WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM THE ICC)
Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2012.