Indian Women’s Cricket Team is likely to return in action with a proposed eight-match series against South Africa Women, which is expected to begin from March 7. However, with this, the team will return to competitive cricket after almost a year.
The series is comprised of five T20Is and three ODIs as well, which is likely to be played in either Lucknow or Kanpur in a bio-bubble, a BCCI official said to PTI on Monday. However, a 22-member Indian squad has been chosen for the series as well. While the fixtures of the series are yet to be announced, a Cricket South Africa (CSA) source has confirmed that the team will travel to India this week as well.
“The COVID-19 tests have been done, the team is ready to leave anytime,” the source added.
However, both teams will have to stay a mandatory six-day quarantine period amid the crunch time of COVID-19 which means that they will get the chance to train prior to the series opener. While South Africa have played recently against Pakistan, Team India have not played since the T20 World Cup last year in March due to the global pandemic novel COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Indian players have last featured in the Women’s T20 Challenge in Sharjah during the playoffs of the Indian Premier League in November last year. On the other hand, the series will be played in a bio-bubble and due to that, the team needs to be together at least two weeks ahead of the first game as six days will be reserved for quarantine.
“Getting match ready will be a challenge for Indian players but the most important thing that the series is finally happening. The players needed this badly,” added the BCCI official.
However, the series was earlier supposed to take place at the Greenfield Sports Hub Stadium in Thiruvanthapuram but Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) expressed its inability to host the games there as the owners had already given the stadium to an Army recruitment drive at the same time.
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