Indian Women's National Cricket Team
Indian Women's National Cricket Team. Credits- AFP

The Indian women cricket team will return to international action as they will face South Africa women cricket team in a series of ODI and T20I fixtures to be hosted in Thiruvananthapuram in March.

As per reports of Times of India, both the teams will play a series of 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is, which will all be played at the Sports hub and are expected to be played from March 7 onwards. This will mark the return of the Indian women’s team to international cricket, who last played against Australia in the final of the Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia in front of 80,000 plus fans in Melbourne.

Kerala Cricket Association and BCCI officials get permission from the state government to host matches

Indian women's national cricket team
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The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) office-bearers and BCCI joint-secretary Jayesh Geroge had a meeting with chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan last week to get permission to host the matches in the state.

The government has agreed to let us host matches at the Sports Hub in a bio-secure environment. The Sports Hub has been used as a Covid first-line treatment center till now. We will now have to sanitize the whole venue and make other necessary arrangements. The pitches and the ground have been maintained well despite the Covid situation. So that won’t be a concern,” Sajan Varghese, KCA president, told TOI.

Officials Players to undergo quarantine and be in bio-bubble for the entire tour

South Africa Women's National Cricket Team
South Africa Women’s National Cricket Team. Credits- AFP

“We will be needing nearly 100 rooms to accommodate the players, support staff, match officials, telecast crew, etc for the duration of the tour. They are likely to be put up in one of the hotels in Kovalam,” said Sajan.

These fixtures will also be the first international matches in Kerala after India’s T20I against West Indies in 2019 December.

Apart from the Women’s T20 Challenge matches in the UAE during the IPL 2020, the women cricketers of India have not had chances to play any matches, even domestic ones. On the other hand, South African women are coming off the back of ODI and T20I series wins against Pakistan at home.

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