In­dia’s women pull out of sum­mer tour

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Second Test - By Molly McEl­wee

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.

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