BCCI Apex board member and former captain Shanta Rangaswami welcomed the planned resumption of test cricket for Indian women on Thursday and hoped the board would host an internal pink ball tournament ahead of the day-night test in Australia.
Rangaswami spoke after Cricket Australia announced that India’s entrance test with a pink ball would take place at the WACA in Perth on September 30.
India is also playing a red ball test against England next month, their first in seven years. Given that red ball events are not taking place in home cricket from 2018, this will be a difficult challenge for Mitali Raj-team team.
“BCCI has been planning some women’s cricket tournaments over the last year. But from time to time the plans fall apart because of the pandemic. It is gratifying to note that the board planned a test during the Indian women’s tour of England,” Rangaswami told PTI .
“I firmly believe that the best barometer is the longest format. In addition, a daily test was announced against Australia, which should be highly praised.
“However, as Indian women do not play red ball cricket even in the home circuit, it is advisable for BCCI to hold a pink ball tournament in India before the players travel to Australia,” she added.
The day-night test should be a more difficult challenge, given that the pink ball does more. Some Indian cricket men played in the Duleep Trophy before playing their first day-night game.
“It is also good to know that Indian men will play in Sri Lanka (in July). It will be good if a women’s team is sent to Sri Lanka,” she suggested.
“It will be a good way to raise the standard of bench strength. I give all these suggestions as a former cricket,” she added.