An eight-match series has been planned between the Indian women’s team and the South African women’s team from March 7. The series will mark the return of the Indians to competitive cricketing action after a long period of nearly a year. The series will have 5 T20Is and 3 ODIs and is reportedly set to be held in one of two venues: either Lucknow or Kanpur. Bio-bubble restrictions will be followed.
Sources from both the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed the news to PTI. The former stated that the bio-bubble restrictions will strictly be in place while also confirming that one of the two aforementioned venues will be used. The latter meanwhile, confirmed that the South African team are set to travel and reach India by this week.
Quarantine procedures to be followed
The source from CSA further said that both teams must undergo a six-day quarantine period. After that, there will be a week of training before the series begins. “The COVID tests have been done, the team is ready to leave anytime,” the source said. Each team would also need to assemble at least two weeks before the game due to the same.
It is noteworthy that the two teams haven’t met since the World T20 in March last year. “Getting match ready will be a challenge for Indian players but the most important this thing that the series is finally happening. The players needed this badly,” said a BCCI official.
The series was initially scheduled to be held in Thiruvananthapuram but is now marked for Kanpur or Lucknow.