West Indies have once again come to England Cricket’s aid this summer with their Women’s team set to tour the English isles next for a five-match Twenty20 International series
Heather Knight’s England was originally scheduled to host Indian and South Africa for a tri-nation series this summer but with both teams pulling out due to the Covid-19 related complications, the prospect of having no women International cricket was at an all-time high.
That is, of-course until West Indies Women’s team stepped to the occasion, the same manner in which their men’s counterparts had done by agreeing to play a three-Test series earlier this summer.
England Women to host West Indies in a 5-match T20I series next month
All the five Twenty20 Internationals will be played at the biosecure bubble set-up at Derbyshire’s county ground from September 21. England currently have 24 players undergoing training. All of those 24 players will be available to play in the first two rounds of the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy on 29 and 31 August respectively. The final of the 50-over domestic tournament has been moved to September 27 in order to avoid a clash with the West Indies series.
Clare Connor, the director of England Women’s cricket, expressed her gratitude towards the West Indies Cricket Board for allowing their women’s team to tour England in such desperate times.
“We’re grateful to the West Indies for the pace and determination with which they have worked with us over the last couple of weeks. It’s fantastic for the visibility of the women’s game that the third IT20 will be simulcast live on the BBC and Sky Sports and I hope that it’s an event that catches the attention of some new fans” Clare Connor was quoted as saying by ‘The Guardian’
The England-West Indies T20I series will signal the comeback of international women’s cricket post the halt in cricketing activities imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. No International Women’s cricket has been played since the T20 World Cup final between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground [MCG] earlier this year.