New Delhi: Hosts India will start their 2016 ICC World Twenty20 preparations with a a warm-up game against West Indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on March 10.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni & Co. then travel to Mumbai from Kolkata to play the second and final warm-up match against South Africa at the Wankhede Stadium on March 12.
India's back-to-back series wins over Australia and Sri Lanka indeed augurs well for Men in Blue, but the warm-up matches against the West Indies and South African teams should allow the hosts to try out other combinations, and also iron out any last minute glitches.
The match against the 2012 champions in Kolkata especially holds importance as the Caribbean will once again be one of the favourites.
Besides, the second match will also give Indians a chance to reverse their recent series lost to the Proteas.
India will enter the competition proper in their Super 10 opener against New Zealand in Nagpur on March 15.
The ICC announced the complete schedule for warm-up matches, which will run in two batches, on Tuesday.