The England and Wales Cricket Board is in discussion with the BCCI and Cricket South Africa for a women’s tri-series in the latter half of the summer, ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison has revealed.
While in conversation with Eleanor Oldroyd, Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan on the Tuffers and Vaughan podcast, Harrison shed light on how the board is working behind the scenes to ensure international women’s cricket returns this summer.
“Ultimately, we will get some international cricket, all being well. The plan is to get some international cricket for the England team later this summer. We’re talking to the BCCI and Cricket South Africa about bringing their women’s teams over to play a tri-series.
“So we’ve something to celebrate with the women’s game, in September this year. We’re desperate to continue the momentum, the growth in the women’s game which has been so astonishing in the last few years,” he said.
Harrison was quick to add that the ‘COVID environment’ in the nations planning to visit plays as big a role as the situation in England. “There’s a huge amount of work going on but we’re not controlling every part of this decision. One of the things that has become clear about this crisis is when you’re dealing with international teams, you’re dealing with the COVID environment here and overseas as well.
“If we were in the eye of the storm a few weeks ago, in this country, it very much now looks like that has moved to the subcontinent where they’re experiencing their very tough moment with this pandemic. And hopefully, they can get over that quickly which will enable us to bring the team over.
“Hopefully we continue to make progress in defeating this virus and we can have a good tri-series with India and South Africa towards the end of the summer.”