After a long wait, the domestic cricket resume will resume for women cricketers next month. The domestic one-day tournament is set to begin on March 11. The tournament will be following 50 overs format and take place across six venues.
As of now, the six venues for this domestic competition are Surat, Rajkot, Indore, Chennai, and Bengaluru. BCCI has issued guidelines for teams participating in the tournament. All 37 teams will have to report at respective venues by March 4. Players will have to return three negative covid tests before entering the bio-bubbles. The tournament is expected to be concluded by the first week of April.
Five groups having six teams each will form elite groups, while the plate group will have seven teams. It is the first domestic tournament for women cricketers ever since the outbreak of coronavirus in the country at the start of 2020. The defending champions going into this tournament are Bengal.
The rough schedule for the domestic one-day tournament comes at the back of BCCI’s announcement regarding South Africa’s tour of India. The South African women will be playing India in five one-day games and three T-20 internationals. The first international game for the Indian team since the last year’s T-20 World Cup final in Australia will be held on March 7.
BCCI has been slower in terms of resuming international and domestic cricket for women compared to the likes of ECB, CA, and NZC. South Africa also played Pakistan in the limited-overs series last month. BCCI did organise T-20 Challenge in UAE during IPL 2020, but the tournament gave playing opportunities to a limited number of players.
New Zealand and Australia already completed the domestic T-20 tournament, while the Kiwis are currently playing white-ball cricket at home against England. Domestic and international Indian women cricketers will be hoping that BCCI will be having more tournaments in the pipeline to compensate for the lack of cricket in the last 12 months.