India-South Africa women’s series expected from March 7th | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: The planned eight-game series between women from India and South Africa is expected to take place from March 7th. This means that the home team will return to cricket competition after almost 12 months.
The series, which includes five T20Is and three ODIs, will likely take place in a bio-bubble in either Lucknow or Kanpur, a BCCI official told PTI on Monday. A 22-person Indian team was selected for the competition.
With the series’ games not yet announced, a Cricket South Africa (CSA) source confirmed that their team will head to India this week.
“The COVID testing has been done, the team is ready to go anytime,” the source said.
Both teams will have to undergo a six-day quarantine, which means they will receive a week of training before kick-off. South Africa played recently but India hasn’t played since the T20 World Cup last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The only outing for the Indian players since this Melbourne final was held in Sharjah last November during the Women’s T20 Challenge exhibition.
Since the series must be played in a bio-bubble, the team must assemble at least two weeks before the first game, with six days reserved for quarantine.
“Preparing the game will be a challenge for Indian players, but the most important thing is that the series finally takes place. The players urgently needed this,” said the BCCI official.
The series was supposed to take place earlier at the Greenfield Sports Hub stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, but the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) expressed its inability to host the games as the stadium owners had booked an army recruitment campaign on the same dates.

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