Women's red-ball tournament makes a return to domestic calendar

Indian women's cricket team
The move comes after the Indian women's team's return to Test cricket. File photo: IANS

New Delhi: Women's red-ball cricket will return to India's domestic calendar after six years when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) conducts a Senior Inter-Zonal Multi-Day Trophy in Pune from March 28.

The move comes after the Indian women's team's return to Test cricket. The side has played Tests against Australia and England in the recent years. Domestic red-ball cricket for women was last held in 2018.

"It is a welcome step taken by (the) BCCI. The national team has started playing Test cricket again and we need the next generation of cricketers to play red-ball cricket at the domestic level," said former Indian pacer Amita Sharma.

"I would also want red ball to be played at the state level and not just zonal level. Back in the day we had both those events," she added.

The Maharashtra Cricket Association will be hosting the tournament which will feature six teams, representing East, West, North, South, Central, and North-East zones.

They will be competing in a series of five matches to be played across three days each, which is a day more than the two-day games played in the 2018 season.

The tournament will begin right after the ongoing Women's Premier League, which ends on March 17.

It will start with the quarterfinals between East Zone and North East Zone and West Zone and Central Zone on March 28 with the semifinals slated on April 3.

The final is scheduled for April 9.

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