“If a bio-bubble can be created for the England men’s team, they can do it for a women’s team also” – Shantha Rangaswamy
India ladies’s proposed tour of Australia in January 2021 appears set to be rescheduled to later within the yr, extending the uncertainty that is plagued the workforce’s worldwide schedule for the reason that cancellation of the tour of England in July. The event will imply that India, runners-up within the final ODI and T20 World Cups, are going to be out of motion for over ten months, their final worldwide match being the final of the T20 World Cup on March 8, 2020.
In Might, Cricket Australia had introduced that it will host India for 3 ODIs – on January 22, 25, and 28 – as a part of the build-up to the 2021 50-over World Cup in New Zealand, initially scheduled for February 2021. However issues across the Covid-19 pandemic led to the event being deferred to March 2022.
A cricket.com.au article final week acknowledged: “Australia’s next international engagement remains up in the air, with no confirmation that a planned three-game ODI series against India – scheduled as preparation for the now-delayed World Cup – will go ahead in January.” ESPNcricinfo understands that, because of the deferment, the BCCI did not wish to follow the schedule – India are considered one of 5 groups to have qualified directly for the event.
As issues stand, India will at greatest take the sphere subsequent in February, if a limited-overs task in opposition to Sri Lanka, presently being mentioned between the 2 boards, does happen – both at dwelling or away. A sequence in opposition to South Africa, more than likely at dwelling, in April or Might can be being thought-about, and an replace may come from the BCCI’s annual common assembly on December 24.
If a bio-bubble will be created for the England males’s workforce, they’ll do it for a ladies’s workforce additionally. However will probably be an costly affair. So they’ll have a look at the economics of it earlier than taking a nameShantha Rangaswamy
Although the BCCI has hosted the IPL, within the UAE, with a four-match Ladies’s T20 Problem alongside the playoffs, and the boys’s workforce is presently on tour in Australia, there was no official phrase on the ladies’s workforce for the reason that nation first went into lockdown, in March. In February-March subsequent yr, the England males’s workforce will come to India for the first international cricket within the nation since March, whereas the home Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 event will start on January 10.
Shantha Rangaswamy, the previous India ladies’s captain and present member of the BCCI’s apex council, confused on the elevated monetary funding that internet hosting groups in the course of the pandemic entail.
“If a bio-bubble can be created for the England men’s team, they can do it for a women’s team also,” Rangaswamy advised ESPNcricinfo. “But it will be an expensive affair – creation of bio-bubbles. So, they will look at the economics of it before taking a call. But I’m positive that the BCCI office-bearers will not hesitate to spend on the development of the game.”
What in regards to the ladies’s home matches?
Rangaswamy was optimistic that after the completion of the Mushtaq Ali event, the senior ladies’s home season, too, would possibly resume, tentatively in February.
“In our last apex council meeting, we had suggested that both the senior women’s and the age-group tournaments be staged around that time [early February],” Rangaswamy stated. “Hopefully the pandemic wouldn’t set us back any further on the execution of those plans because the caseload in India is so high you can’t risk players’ safety.”
However, as ESPNcricinfo has discovered, the BCCI is a way from committing to resuming any home cricket past the senior males’s competitors/s.
Such an eventuality may even have a bearing on the preparations of gamers hoping to seek out spots within the squad for the inaugural ladies’s Beneath-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, which the ICC is contemplating slotting into the second half of 2021.
Annesha Ghosh is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo