The build-up of the 12th edition of ICC World Cup has reached its business end with the 10 participating teams finally going under the jurisdiction of International Cricket Council from today.
All the participating teams have already arrived at the British Peninsula for the biggest cricketing extravaganza and have started their respective preparations for the 46-day long tournament.
The formal activities of the World Cup will begin with the official press-conference of all 10-team captains today at a London venue.
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza was scheduled to reach London late on Wednesday having taken a short family break following team’s success in the tri-nation tournament in Ireland.
The Tigers, who held a brief conditioning camp in Leicester, about 143km north of London, for four days will now move to Cardiff to take part in their two warm-up matches before the World Cup.
Bangladesh will play their first warm-up match against Pakistan on May 26 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff before they take on India in their last practice game on May 28 at the same venue.
However, the official warm-up matches will start on Friday with Pakistan taking on Afghanistan in Bristol and Sri Lanka facing South Africa in Cardiff on the same day.
England will take on Australia while India to play against New Zealand in Saturday’s warm-up matches.
All the nine warm-up matches will be ended by May 28 before the ICC World Cup will kick off with England taking on South Africa in the opening match at Kennington Oval, London on May 30.
Bangladesh will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 2 at the Oval.
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