Indian women’s cricket team Harmanpreet Kaur on Sunday shared a photo of the team’s test shirt before the one-time match against England this June.
Sharing the photo in her Instagram story, Harmanpreet responded by writing “I love it now.” At the request of a fan, Harmanpreet also shared the image on the back of the T-shirt, bearing her name and T-shirt number.
The Indian women’s cricket team will travel with the men’s team for their one-month tour of England. They will also be quarantined in Southampton, where the test match is scheduled.
“The Indian women’s contingent is not moving to Bristol on landing. Instead, they will also go to Southampton with the men’s team and begin their quarantine in the room. With the ECB still sending us the routine we need to follow, the women’s team will travel to Bristol after the quarantine period in Southampton has expired, “a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity for details of the trip.
This test will be the first for Indian women in six years. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah was on Twitter to make the big announcement on International Women’s Day. “On the occasion of #InternationalWomensDay, I am pleased to announce that #TeamIndia @BCCIWomen will play a one-time test match against @ECB_cricket later this year. The women in blue will wear white again,” he tweeted.
142 women’s test matches have been played so far since its inception in 1934 and the last of its kind, witnessed in the Women’s Ashes competition in 2019 in England.
India Women made their debut in form in 1976 and have played 37 games so far, winning just five, while 25 have ended in a draw, meaning seven defeats. However, India has won its last three tests – beating England twice in its own backyard, winning 5 and 6 weekends respectively, while condemning South African women to inning and a 34-fold defeat.
Indian women also have to play a one-off test in Australia later this year, which is expected to be a pink ball affair.