The schedule for the Indian women’s team has finally got back on track and captain Mithali Raj is one of those delighted about it. The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah confirmed that the Indian women’s team would get a series in South Africa in October ahead of the women’s T20 challenge in November. Post that, the team would also visit the West Indies to ramp up their preparations for the World Cup next year.
The preparations of the women’s cricketers seemed quite uncertain ahead of the marquee event next year in New Zealand. The BCCI called off their limited-overs tour of England this year, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, planning some high-profile series was crucial to their chances in the tournament.
Reputed Indian journalist Boria Majumdar confirmed the news via Twitter. He said that all these series would be staged and if all goes according to the plan, the World Cup would also take place. Furthermore, Boria stressed for the BCCI to give equal importance to women’s cricket as well. Mithali Raj responded to the Tweet by thanking Jay Shah, Sourav Ganguly, Boria Majumdar for setting into motion their World Cup preparations.
This is excellent news . Our ODI World Cup campaign to finally kick start . A big thank you to @SGanguly99 @BCCI @JayShah and thank you @BoriaMajumdar for your support to women’s cricket . https://t.co/JpJSMGapzV
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) August 2, 2020
Mithali Raj aiming to finish her career on a high:
Mithali Raj, who has been serving Indian cricket since 1999, aims to finish her career on a positive note by guiding India to the title. She lamented getting very close in 2017 and 2018, losing it by bare margins. In 2017, a Mithali Raj-led side snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against England at the Lord’s as the hosts won by nine runs.
In the 2018 T20 World Cup, India lost to England as well in the semi-finals of the tournament. She also revealed that she would have retired had India won the World Cup in 2017. With 6888 runs in 209 ODIs, the 37-year old is the highest run-getter in women’s ODIs.