Indian women cricket team set to tour Sri Lanka, England
The Indian Women Cricket Team, like their male counterparts, has a full summer schedule planned.
India women’s team is set to tour Sri Lanka and England to play limited overs games in the forthcoming months, besides taking part in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham as reported by TOI. The icing on the cake for Mithali Raj & Co will be a rare chance to play an ODI (final game of the tour) at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground on September 24. The India women’s team didn’t play at Lord’s during their all-format tour last year. All these ODIs will be crucial for the side as they will count towards qualification for the next Women’s ODI World Cup.
On their tour of Sri Lanka, the team will play three ODIs and an equal number of T20Is, all of which will hosted at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy.
“The team will arrive in Sri Lanka on June 18. The first ODI scheduled to take place on June 23, while the first T20I will held on July 3. The tour will end with the last T20I on July 7,” a reliable source in the BCCI told this paper. The team for this tour likely to picked by the end of this month. The BCCI not worried by the current civilian unrest in Sri Lanka. “Even the Australian men’s cricket team is touring Lanka around the same time. So cricket shouldn’t be affected by that,” the source said.
Following the CWG, India will tour England to play three T20Is. Followed by three ODIs, with the highlight match at Lord’s on September 24. They would not be able to play a Test against the hosts this time.
“The BCCI requested the English Cricket Board to schedule a Test. But ECB couldn’t accede to the request, citing a busy schedule. That includes the ‘Hundred’ too, for them,” the source said.
Former India off-spinner Ramesh Powar set to continue as the coach of the Indian women’s team. As his contract is till the T20 World Cup early next year.
(With Agency Inputs)
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