India Women tour of England: Unlike their male counterparts, India women players are playing top-flight cricket without a central cricket since the end of September last year. The players aren’t sure when their annual contracts will be renewed as they prepare for their tour to the UK. The players will leave India on June 2 to play one-off Test, three each ODIs and T20Is.
As per ESPNCricinfo, the matter is entirely being dealt with BCCI Secretary Jay Shah’s office.
Meanwhile, the selection committee is yet to name the India women squad for the England tour.
India Women tour of England The report further added that players have been asked to assemble in Mumbai on May 18 and undergo two-week mandatory quarantine, like Indian Cricket Team, before flying off to Britain on June 2.
India women played a full-fledged 5-match ODI and 3-match T20I series in India after a gap of nearly 1 year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They had finished runners up in T20 World Cup held in March 2020. The defeats led to scrutiny on WV Raman’s position as head coach and he was replaced by Ramesh Powar on Thursday.
Post India women tour of England, India are set to tour Australia and New Zealand as a preparation o the 2022 ODI World Cup. Meanwhile, several players like Smriti Mandhana, Shefali Verma, Harmanpreet Kaur, among others are set to play in the overseas leagues WBBL and The Hundred.
India Women tour of England: BCCI yet to announce retention for female counterparts
Earlier in April, BCCI announced retention for 28 male players in four categories (Grade A+, Grade A, Grade B and Grade C). Those who are in Grade A+ namely Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are placed in Rs 7 crore bracket.
Grade A: INR 5 crore, Grade B: INR 3 crore, Grade C: INR 1 crore).
In comparison, India women were awarded under three categories: Grade A: 50 lakhs, Grade B: 30 lakhs and Grade C: 10 lakhs.
A total of 22 India women players were awarded with contracts in 2020. Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Yadav were part of Grade A while Mithali Raj was demoted to Grade B after T20 retirement.
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