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India not to play warm-up matches ahead of T20 WC

April 15, 2010 15:41 IST

Busy slogging it out in the Indian Premier League right now, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men will not play any warm-up matches ahead of the Twenty20 World Championships in the West Indies.

"India has elected not to play any warm-up matches while Sri Lanka has opted to play only one warm-up match," the ICC said in a statement detailing the schedule of the practice games of other teams.

The Indian women's team will, however, play a couple of practice matches against England (May 2) and South Africa (May 3).

The Championship starts April 30, just five days after the IPL ends in Mumbai.

"With just 16 days to go before the first match takes place in Guyana on April 30, both the men's and women's teams will play a series of warm-up matches against either other competing teams or host XIs where a competing team is not available," the ICC said.

"The men's teams will play their warm-ups from 27 to 29 April in Barbados, St Lucia and Guyana while the women will play on 2 and 3 May in St Kitts.

In line with previous ICC events, none of these matches will carry official Twenty20 International status," it added.

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