The coronavirus pandemic had caused a lot of problems for women’s cricket as the schedule for 2020 and 2021 has been changed. Various bilateral series has been postponed. India’s tour of Australia is the latest series that has suffered due to the pandemic. Cricket Australia confirmed on December 31st that they would not be hosting India’s women’s team this summer due to the pandemic.
India was supposed to play three one day internationals (ODIs) during this tour. Instead of playing this series in 2021, the Indian team will be touring Australia in 2022. CA is also looking to add three T-20 games to the series. It is a devastating blow for the Indian team as they have not played international cricket for more than a year.
Postponing the women’s series doesn’t paint a good picture for CA since they went ahead with the blockbuster series against India’s men team. The ODI and T-20 series have already been concluded in Australia, while the test series is poised at 1-1. If the arrangements for Men’s tour were possible, then surely CA and BCCI could have worked together for the women’s series too. Moreover, this tour would have been much smaller since there were only three one day internationals.
Apart from a few bilateral series, the Women’s T-20 World Cup was also postponed to 2023. It was initially scheduled for 2022. As of now, the only competitive action for the Indian team has been the Women’s T-20 Challenge in November. BCCI had organised the tournament in UAE alongside men’s IPL. The pandemic has created havoc for all women’s cricket teams, so cricket boards should be actively looking to organise series as soon as possible rather than take the easier route to postpone series indefinitely.