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Indian men’s and women’s cricket teams to tour South Africa at the same time?

Indian cricket team, both men’s and women’s, might simulatenously play in South Africa next year in an away tour. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is exploring the opportunity of such a series

cricket Updated: Sep 15, 2017 17:01 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team will tour South Africa for a full series early next year.
Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team will tour South Africa for a full series early next year.(Getty Images)

India’s men’s and women’s cricket teams may play against their respective South African opponents at the same time early next year, as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly exploring the opportunity of organising such a tour.

The Indian men’s team is set to tour South Africa early next year for four Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is, and according to ESPNCricinfo, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is contemplating sending the women’s team along with them for their series at the same time.

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It is not yet known whether it was the BCCI or Cricket South Africa (CSA) that came up with such a proposal, but an official of the Indian board has confirmed that series like that were ‘possible’. The official also added that it would be “good to promote” women’s cricket this way.

The series will be a replica of India’s three-match T20I series — for both men and women in 2016 — which was played in Australia at the same time. The matches were played one after the other and both the Indian teams had emerged victorious.

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The BCCI is also trying to constitute an India A women’s team and prepare a calendar for them, despite that fact that there is no clarity over their opponents and when their matches can be scheduled.

The board has also formed a special committee that includes India Women’s captain Mithali Raj and the venerable Jhulan Goswami for improving women’s cricket in the country.

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In a meeting held last week, the committee discussed the need of having more matches for the Indian women’s cricket team. However, there is no possibility of a women’s Indian Premier League (IPL) being launched in near future.

First Published: Sep 15, 2017 17:01 IST

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