How Team India Cricket Rivals Are Preparing for T20 WC 2024?

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 is reaching its completion stages, and the attention of all cricket fans and experts is gradually shifting towards the upcoming ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2024.

Team India will always be one of the leading competitors for the ICC’s grand tournament, along with Australia (2021 defending champions), England (defending champions after winning in 2022), New Zealand (India’s T20 WC challenger and runner-up in 2021) and Pakistan (runner-up in 2022). All these teams have commenced their preparation for the T20 World Cup 2024.

Analyzing the results of the recent T20I series as well as the schedule for the upcoming T20 matches before the grand tournament, let’s scrutinize how Team India and its rivals are preparing for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

Indian Cricket Team Preparation Ahead of T20 World Cup 2024: Schedule and Results

Team India lastly played a 3-match T20I series against Afghanistan in January 2024 under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy and secured a dominant victory by 3-0. However, they wouldn’t be playing any T20 international series before the World Cup. Rather, the men-in-blue get a chance to play only a single warm-up match before they commence their T20 World Cup campaign on June 5 against Ireland. On June 1, Team India will play a warm-up match against Bangladesh in New York.

Since the IPL 2024 finals conclude on May 26, a few Indian players are scheduled to travel to New York at a later date. Whereas, the first group of the Indian cricketers, who aren’t a part of the ongoing IPL 2024 playoffs are set to travel on May 25. It includes the names of key players such as  Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh and Axar Patel.

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Australian Cricket Team Preparation Ahead of T20 World Cup 2024: Schedule and Results

Australia wouldn’t be participating in any T20I series ahead of the World Cup. Earlier, this year, they played 3-match T20I series against West Indies in February and New Zealand in March. The Aussies triumphed in both the Twenty20 series against West Indies by 2-1 and New Zealand by 3-0.

The Aussies will directly play two warm-up games in Trinidad against Namibia on 28 May (Tuesday) and West Indies on 30 May (Thursday).

However, a few players such as Travis Head, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc are expected to return to their national squad, once the IPL 2024 finals are completed.

England Cricket Team Preparation Ahead of T20 World Cup 2024: Schedule and Results

England will play only a 4-match T20I series against Pakistan before the T20 World Cup. Recently, the first T20I game on 22nd May got washed out due to heavy rains. However, England still has three more games left in the series to strengthen their preparation ahead of the grand tournament.

A few days back, some England players left during the league stages of IPL 2024 in the middle and returned to the UK to prioritize national cricket commitments ahead of the T20 WC 2024. It includes the names of popular cricketers namely Will Jacks, Reece Topley, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran to ensure their availability for the 4-match T20I series against Pakistan.

Based on the latest schedule released by ICC for T20 WC 2024 warm-up games, the England cricket team wouldn’t get an opportunity to play even a single practice match before the tournament.

New Zealand Cricket Team Preparation Ahead of T20 World Cup 2024: Schedule and Results

Despite New Zealand not having any schedule before the T20 World Cup, they wouldn’t get an opportunity to play a single warm-up match. As a result, New Zealand have to directly start their T20 World Cup campaign on June 7 against Bangladesh. 

The Black Caps played three T20I series this year and the results are listed below:

  • Pakistan Tour of New Zealand 2024 (5-match T20I series): New Zealand won by 4-1.
  • Australia tour of New Zealand 2024 (3-match T20I series): New Zealand Lost by 3-0.
  • New Zealand tour of Pakistan 2024 (5-match T20I series): Series Tied with 2-2.

Pakistan Cricket Team Preparation Ahead of T20 World Cup 2024: Schedule and Results

Currently, Pakistan are competing against England in the 4-match T20I series. Since Pakistan would be involved in the T20I series till 30th May, they wouldn’t get a chance to play at least one warm-up match before the T20 World Cup.

Pakistan Men’s Team T20I Schedule vs England in May 2024:

  • 2nd T20I: 25th May (Saturday)
  • 3rd T20I: 28th May (Tuesday)
  • 4th T20I: 30th May (Thursday)

However, Pakistan has played four T20I series this year and the results are listed below:

  • January 2024: Lost to New Zealand in a 5-match T20I series by 1-4 (Away).
  • April 2024: Series Levelled with New Zealand in 5-match T20I series by 2-2 (Home).
  • May 2024: Won against Ireland in a 3-match T20I series by 2-1 (Away).

Compared to other teams, Pakistan has got maximum chances to play back-to-back T20I series against different teams ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024.

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