The Indian women cricket team will finally resume playing international cricket as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to host South Africa for a limited-overs series next month.
According to reports, the South Africa women cricket team will tour India next month to play five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals against the Indian women cricket team.
The women team of India has not played international cricket since the T20I World Cup last year. The players have only participated in the four-team competition, the Women’s T20 Challenge, held in UAE in November last year.
BCCI is working out the fixtures and venues for the matches, and they will soon make the announcement. Since the teams will have to serve a mandatory quarantine period as part of the COVID-19 protocols, the series may exceed over a month.
There is a possibility that both the series will happen behind closed doors and in limited venues in an attempt to ensure the maximum security of the players and staff.
“The details have been worked out and the announcement will come soon. We’re coordinating with Cricket South Africa. The dates will be out soon,” Cricbuzz quoted a BCCI official as saying.
None of the boards, BCCI or Cricket South Africa (CSA), has given more information regarding the tour. CSA has not shared any information regarding the same.
BCCI will also announce the recruitment of the new head coach and other staff members for the Indian women’s cricket team soon, as the contracts of all the previous support staff ended in January. WV Raman was the head coach of the Indian women cricket team, but his contract ended last month.
The South African team is currently playing a home three-match T20I series against Pakistan that ends on February 3. In the ongoing series, the hosts have defeated the Pakistan women in the first two matches, taking an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the series.