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UPCA confirms the series between India and South Africa in Lucknow from March 7

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The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association confirmed on Tuesday that it will host eight matches with a limited series of women’s teams from India and South Africa in Lucknow from March 7th.

The series, which includes five ODIs and three T20Is, will mark the Indian team’s return to competitive cricket in almost 12 months.

Both teams will arrive in Lucknow on February 25 and undergo a six-day quarantine.

A 22-member Indian team has been selected for the competition, but it is yet to be announced. PTI announced the development on Monday.

“Yesterday we received a move from BCCI. This is a big series, considering that our team last played 12 months ago. We look forward to organizing it,” UPCA secretary Yudhvir Singh told PTI.

ODI, all daily games, will be played on March 7, 9, 12, 14 and 17 and will be followed by the T20 matches on March 20, 21 and 24, with the first two games being played under the lights at Ecana International Stadium.

Both teams will have less than a week to train before the series opens due to a quarantine protocol. South Africa played recently, but India has not played a single international match since the T20 World Cup in March last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The only outing for Indian players since the T20 World Cup final in Melbourne was during the T20 Women’s Challenge in Sharjah last November.

Earlier, the series was scheduled to take place at the Greenfield Sports Hub stadium in Thiruvanthapuram, but the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) expressed its inability to organize the matches, as the stadium owners had booked an army call on the same dates.

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