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India women’s cricket team to tour Australia in September

May 17, 2021

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The Indian women's cricket team is fully prepared to travel to Australia for the limited-overs series in September 2021. The women's team has featured in only one series amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, they are heading to England next month to play their first Test in seven years. The series is scheduled to take place in England from June 16. This includes one Test, three One-Day Internationals (ODIs), and as many T20 Internationals. As anticipated, Mithali Raj will captain the team for the one-off Test and three ODIs. On the other end, Harmanpreet Kaur will take over the captaincy reins during the three T20I games. All the games are planned to be played at Bristol, Taunton, and Worcester.

Australian pacer Megan Schutt indicated that India will be touring in September though Cricket Australia has not yet announced the schedule. The tour is anticipated to comprise of ODIs and T20 Internationals.

Ramesh Powar reappointed as the head coach of the Indian women's cricket team

In the latest council meeting, the BCCI had also approved the tour of Australia ahead of the ICC World Cup in New Zealand. Team India playing against West Indies in a home series was also cleared. The tour of Australia was originally scheduled for January this year but had to be postponed after the World Cup was put off to 2022 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Team India was defeated by South Africa women in both the ODI and T20I series in Lucknow earlier this year.

Former off-spinner Ramesh Powar was once again appointed as the head coach of the women's cricket team after the Cricket Advisory conducted interviews for the post of the head coach. WV Raman, who was the head coach during the South Africa series, was piped by Ramesh Powar. Powar had coached the team until 2018. Remarkably, Ramesh Powar's first assignment is going to be the forthcoming England tour in June. 

After the completion of the England series, five players will stay back for the maiden season of "The Hundred". Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodriguez, Deepti Sharma, and Harmanpreet Kaur. The tournament was supposed to occur in 2020, but it was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the highly anticipated contest, organized by the England Cricket Board, is now going to start on July 21.

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