BCCI likely to start annual emerging team tours and Under-16 One-Day Trophy

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to arrange two tours of emerging teams (‘A’ sides) annually for the Indian women’s cricketers in an attempt to build bench strength as per The Times of India.

BCCI will also launch a brand new competition for women’s cricket in India in the form of an Under-16 One-Day Trophy. The competition could be brought into force this year itself from December 26, 2022 to January 3, 2023 and will be held in an inter-zonal format reported The Times of India.

Women’s cricket in India will definitely benefit from these steps as they will be helpful in reducing the gap that remains between India’s domestic structure and the level of competition on display in the domestic circuits in Australia, England among other countries.

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The Under-23 One-Day and the T20 competition have not been organised for the last two seasons because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has had a detrimental effect on women’s domestic cricket as players have been deprived of opportunities to showcase their talent and potential.

Apart from the Women’s T20 Challenge that was played in May earlier this year and was won by the Harmanpreet Kaur-led Supernovas, the other domestic competition that grabbed eyeballs in the women’s circuit was the Senior T20 League 2022. The competition was played from April 15 to May 4, 2022 with 37 teams divided into six groups.

It was initially scheduled to be organised from March 19 to April 11, 2022 but had to be pushed ahead because of the rapid rise in the COVID-19 cases in the country.

The final of the tournament was played between Railways and Maharashtra. The Sneh Rana-led Railways side had defeated Smriti Mandhana’s Maharashtra by seven wickets at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat to secure their tenth T20 title.