BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has announced that the Indian women’s team will play a Test later this year against England in their backyard. It would be the first Test for the Indian women’s team since November 2014, which was against South Africa in Mysore. Jay Shah proclaimed the news via his official Twitter handle on Monday evening.
The England Cricket Board (ECB) is still on its way to finalize the entire details of England’s schedule of the home season, having already announced that South Africa and New Zealand are due to tour nation for ODI and T20I series. Nevertheless, ECB will unravel the list of few fixtures in the coming weeks.
Women’s Test matches have almost dried out since August 2015 as the last six games in the format have taken place only between Australia and England as they engage in the Ashes. India won their last Test match against South Africa back in November 2014 in Mysore by an innings and 34 runs. They played their inaugural Test in 1976 and have featured in 36 of them.
Below is Jay Shah’s tweet regarding the same:
On the occasion of #InternationalWomensDay, I’m pleased to announce that #TeamIndia @BCCIWomen will play a one-off Test match against @ECB_cricket later this year. The women in blue will be donning the whites again 🙏🏻 🇮🇳
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) March 8, 2021
Meanwhile, the Indian women’s team resumed their international cricket with the first of the five ODIs against South Africa in Lucknow. But it wasn’t a happy homecoming for the women in blue as South Africa comprehensively beat them by eight wickets to take the lead. It was their first international fixture since the historical 2020 T20 World Cup final against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.