Indian women’s team to host England in first Test match since 2014: Reports

Mumbai’s D.Y. Patil stadium will be hosting the Indian women’s team’s first Test match in India since 2014. The Women in Blue are slated to face England starting on December 14-17. Alongside the red-ball fixture, India and England will also play three T20Is across Mumbai. 

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The T20I matches will be played at the Wankhede Stadium on December 6, 9 and 10. The back-to-back games will be weekend encounters hoping for maximum crowds. After this white-ball leg, the Test match will take place at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai from December 14. 

Fixtures will still require a final sign-off and will be made public soon as reported by ESPN Cricinfo. England seamer Kate Cross expressed excitement about the Test match and described it to be a bucket-list item for many players.

“The opportunity to come and play a Test match in India is bucket-list stuff for a lot of players,” Cross said. “I’ve been in India for a couple of weeks now and you can see that girls have role models in that team now,” the England international added while talking to  ESPN Cricinfo.

The development surfaced after the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) announced domestic cricket legend , Amol Muzumdar,  as  the Indian Women’s team’s new head coach.  “This is a huge responsibility and I look forward to working closely with talented players and providing them with the right preparation and guidance to excel,” Muzumdar said in a BCCI statement. 

“The next two years are extremely important as two World Cups are scheduled in the period. Together with the coaching and support staff, we will look to tick every box and give ourselves the best chance to succeed.”

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