The Board of Cricket Council India has laid out a plan for the resumption of the domestic season of Indian Women’s cricket. The women’s 50 over competition scheduled to start on March 11. The news has been out three days after the announcement of the Bilateral women’s series between India and South Africa. For the unversed, Lucknow will host 5 one-day internationals and 3 T20 internationals between the top nations.
Six venues have been finalized for the 50-over competition, such as Surat, Rajkot, Jaipur, Indore, Chennai, and Bengaluru. The teams have been requested to assemble in the respective venues according to the groups they are placed in by March 4 and will have to show three negative Covid tests on 4, 6, and 8 dates before entering the respective bio bubble.
Five Elite groups and one plate group will be featuring in the competition. Each elite group will have six teams, while the plate group will be featuring as many as seven teams.
Bengal side won the last women’s 50-over competition which was organized in 2018. No team emerged victorious in the following season as the tournament was called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The quarter-finals and the semi-finals will take place on March 29 and 1st April respectively. The final match of the competition would be held on 4th April 2021. The venues of the competition though haven’t been finalized yet.
Here’s a look at all the groups:
Elite Group A: Jharkhand, Odisha, Hyderabad, Gujarat, Chhatisgarh, Tripura
Elite Group B: Railways, Bengal, Saurashtra, Haryana, Assam, Uttarakhand
Elite Group C: Andhra, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Goa, Chandigarh
Elite Group D: Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, Kerala, Baroda, Punjab, Nagaland
Elite Group E: Karnataka, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Vidarbha, Meghalaya
Plate Group: Pondicherry, Jammu & Kashmir, Mizoram, Bihar, Manipur, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh