England women cricketers will return to training this month, ahead of a possible tri-nation series in September.
The 50-over World Champions were supposed to host India in June but the series was postponed by the England and Wales Cricket Board due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There were growing fears that with various sports prioritizing men’s game ahead of the less lucrative women’s game, England Women may not play any cricket this summer.
The ECB has, since then, held talks with their Indian and South African counterparts for a possible tri-series in order to prepare for next year’s 50-over World Cup in New Zealand.
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A total of 24 players, including several members from the 2017 World Cup-winning team will take part in the training.
“We remain hopeful of playing cricket this summer and it’s exciting for this group of players to be able to return to training,” said Jonathan Finch, the ECB’s director of women’s cricket.
“Hopefully, this is one step closer towards England Women returning to the field this summer,” he added.
The training will take place under the same protocols that have been applied to next month’s three-match Test series between England and West Indies ar bio-secure environments in Southampton and Manchester.