ESPN is gearing up for the highly-anticipated ICC Champions Trophy, and ESPN3 in the US and ESPN Play in the Caribbean and in Latin America regions will get a taste of what’s to come with four warm-up matches beginning Thursday, May 30th. The tournament – second only to the ICC Cricket World Cup – features the eight highest-ranked ODI teams competing on three grounds from this year’s host country, England. The warm-up match schedule:
|Thu, May 30||7:45 a.m.||Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|Sat, Jun 1||5:15 a.m.||India vs. Sri Lanka||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|Mon, Jun 3||5:15 a.m.||Pakistan vs. South Africa||Kennington Oval, London|
|Tue, Jun 4||5:15 a.m.||Australia vs. India||Sophia Gardens, Cardiff|
Australia is looking for a three-peat heading into this year’s tournament, previously beating out New Zealand in 2009 and the West Indies led by Player of the Tournament Chris Gayle in 2006. They will compete against a strong field of national teams, including the local favorite England, and previous winners the West Indies, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
In-depth coverage of the ICC Champions Trophy from ESPNcricinfo will be accessible to fans before, during and after the tournament across online and mobile platforms worldwide.