Afghanistan’s national cricket team will warm up for World Cup 2019 with practice matches against former champions Pakistan and England in Bristol and The Oval in May.
According to the list of warm-up fixtures announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday, Afghanistan will take on Pakistan at the Bristol County Ground on May 24 and will meet England at The Oval on May 27.
All 10 competing nations will play two official warm-up fixtures ahead of the tournament, which will take place at four venues across England and Wales.
The fixtures will be held over five days between May 24-28, and will be hosted at four of the official CWC19 Tournament Venues; the Bristol County Ground, Cardiff Wales Stadium, Hampshire Bowl and The Oval.
There are a number of high-profile clashes, including England v Australia, Pakistan v Afghanistan and Bangladesh v India.
As per previous ICC tournaments, warm-up fixtures will be 50 over per side, but will not carry official ODI status, as teams can field all members of their 15-man squad during the match.
“It is always a huge milestone announcing an exciting warm-up schedule for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup as it really highlights just how close we are to the action getting underway this summer,” said Steve Elworthy Managing Director of World Cup 2019.
“These games provide another fantastic opportunity for fans to see world-class players at their local venue and allows the tournament to engage local schools and communities with another chance to get involved with the Cricket World Cup,” he added.