An Indian team of 22 members has been selected for the series but has yet to be announced.© Twitter
The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association confirmed on Tuesday that it will host the eight-game limited series between the Indian and South African women’s teams in Lucknow from March 7. The series, comprising five ODIs and three T20Is, will mark the team’s Indian return to competitive cricket after almost 12 months. Both teams will arrive in Lucknow on February 25 and undergo a six-day quarantine. An Indian team of 22 members has been chosen but has not yet been announced.
“We got the green light from BCCI yesterday. It’s a great series considering our team last played 12 months ago. We can’t wait to welcome it,” said the secretary of the ‘UPCA Yudhvir Singh at PTI.
The ODIs, all daytime games, will be played on March 7, 9, 12, 14 and 17. They will be followed by T20I matches on March 20, 21 and 24, with the first two matches being played under lights at the Ekana International Stadium.
Both teams will have less than a week to train before the series opens due to the quarantine protocol. South Africa have played recently, but India has not played an international game since the T20 World Cup in March last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indian players’ only outing since that T20 World Cup final in Melbourne, was at the Women’s T20 Challenge exhibition in Sharjah in November last year. The series was previously scheduled to be held at Greenfield Sports Hub in Thiruvanthapuram, but the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has expressed its inability to organize the matches as the stadium owners booked an army recruiting drive for the same dates.
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