With nearly four weeks to go before the participating sides start to arrive in Dhaka for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, the ICC today announced match officials and the schedule of warm-up matches for the tournament. Each team will play two warm up match-one each on 12 and 14th March before the tournament commences on 16th March.
Nepal will take on Ireland on 12th March and the Asian nemesis-UAE on the 16th March.
Nepal qualified for the World T20-which is set to be Nepal’s first ICC Flagship event- finishing third in the ICC World T20 Qualifiers held in November. Ireland who Nepal take on the 12th had won the tournament. Ireland vs. Nepal fixture will be the first time where the senior teams of these two sides meet.
The T20 World Cup 2014, is scheduled to start on 16th March.. Nepal placed in Group A in the Round I of ICC World Cup- takes on Hong Kong on 16th March in its opening match. Nepal then has matches scheduled against host-Bangladesh (18th March) and Afghanistan (20th March). Round I of the World Cup consists of 8 teams ( 6 Qualifiers+ Zimbabwe and Bangladesh) divided in into two groups of 4. The leader from each group will enter the round 2 of the world cup consisting of the top 8 associate sides and known as the “Super Ten” stage.
The following is the complete schedule of warm-up matches:
Wed 12 Mar – Bangladesh v UAE (1530-1830), Fatullah; Ireland v Nepal (1930-2230), Fatullah; Afghanistan v Netherlands (1530-1830), ZACS, Chittagong; Zimbabwe v Hong Kong (1930-2230), ZACS, Chittagong
Fri 14 Mar – Nepal v UAE (1530-1830), Fatullah; Bangladesh v Ireland (1930-2230), Fatullah; Afghanistan v Zimbabwe (1530-1830), MA Aziz, Chittagong; Hong Kong v Netherlands (1930-2230), MA Aziz, Chittagong