India's upcoming series, support staff appointment on BCCI apex council meeting agenda
Team India thanking the fans in the stands. © BCCI
A couple of points related to women’s cricket are on the agenda of the BCCI Apex Council meeting, which is to be held on April 16 – India’s upcoming series and the appointment of the support staff, ESPNCricinfo reported on Thursday (April 8).
The Indian team played an international series last month against the touring South Africa, which was held 364 days after their last international game – the Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 final. However, there’s no clarity on India’s next international assignment, apart from their proposed tour to England in June, where they are also slated to play a Test. India are also expected to play Australia ahead of the Women’s World Cup next year in New Zealand.
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The cricket website also reported that Sri Lanka is hoping to host Pakistan in May, thus reducing their chances of playing against India ahead of the Women’s T20 Challenge, which would be played during the playoffs of the IPL. While it was understood that the exhibition tournament will continue to be a three-team affair, it remains to be seen if that indeed is the case.
The tenure of India’s support staff had ended in December last year and they were given an extension for the series against South Africa. While WV Raman is expected to continue to be the head coach, he could have a newer entourage, which currently has Abhay Sharma as the fielding coach and Narendra Hirwani as the bowling coach.
The BCCI is also expected to discuss and finalise its stand cricket’s inclusion in the Los Angeles Olympics of 2028.