Indian women’s cricket team will not be touring England due to Coronavirus. The Indian team was earlier scheduled to travel to England in June to play a series of three ODIs and as many T20 matches, but the tour was postponed until September due to rising corona cases in both countries. However, now the Indian team has refused to go there in September.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that it is still in touch with the India and South Africa Cricket Board to have a three-nation tri-series in September. However, as the Corona cases are increasing rapidly in India, the chances of the Indian women’s team going to England are very less.
South African tour could be extended
ECB can now request more matches from South Africa Cricket Board due to India not going to England. First South Africa was to play 2 T20 and 4 ODIs on the England tour. Now its number may increase. Although the ECB is yet to announce the venue for this series, the match is expected to be played in the derby, given Corona.
Women’s ODI World Cup will be played in February next year in New Zealand in February-March next year. The ICC has also released a schedule of 31 matches of the 2021 Women’s World Cup. The World Cup will be played on 6 grounds in New Zealand. This includes Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
The semi-finals of the World Cup will be held on 3 and 4 March
The semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup will be held in Tauranga and Hamilton on 3 and 4 March, while the final will be played on 7 March at the Hegley ground in Christchurch. 8 teams will participate in this World Cup. Four teams have qualified for the World Cup directly, while the rest of the teams will qualify for the qualifying tournament.
In such a situation, all the teams would like that they get a chance to play as many matches before this tournament.
New Zealand Board said- We will decide on 2021 ODI World Cup in two weeks
Here, after the New Zealand Cricket Board postponed 1 year of the Mens T20 World Cup to be held this year, it said that it would decide on organizing the Women’s World Cup within two weeks.
New Zealand Cricket Chairman Greg Barclay said that if there is a need to cancel the tournament too, it is better to delay it before we decide. Similarly, even if the tournament is going on according to the schedule, we have to take the final decision, so that we will gather all the necessary resources to conduct the World Class tournament in February next year.
England’s women’s team has been in practice since June
Women players of England started training for the summer season only last month. Given the risk of corona infection, 24 players are practicing at 6 different locations. It includes Loughborough, Headingley, Oval, Bristol, Hove and Chester Botan Hall. At the same time, the ECB also signed a new agreement with 20 new domestic cricketers last month.