India’s women pull out of summer tour
England women will no longer host India this summer, after the visitors pulled out of the proposed triseries because of coronavirus.
The Twenty20 World Cup runners-up had been scheduled to tour last month, but lockdown restrictions meant the matches were postponed. The England and Wales Cricket Board had hoped it could instead arrange for India to take part in a tri-series, along with South Africa, later this summer. However, the Covid-19 situation in India has meant they would be unable to commit, with scheduled flights to the UK suspended.
England’s squad returned to training last month, following three months out of action after their World Cup semi-final exit. The ECB is believed to be pushing to extend their run of fixtures against South Africa, originally scheduled as two T20s and four one-day internationals. Dates are expected to be set for late August at the earliest.
Coronavirus has ravaged what was expected to be an exciting summer. However, earlier this month the ECB reiterated its commitment to the women’s domestic game.
Details about the new elite domestic competition, comprising the new regional teams made up from county groupings, are likely to be announced this month.