The team last played a Test match more than six years ago, in November 2014
India Women are set to play a Test match for the first time in over six years, the update coming from BCCI secretary Jay Shah, who tweeted on Monday evening that India will play a one-off Test against England Women “later this year”. ESPNcricinfo understands that India will be touring England in the summer, as reported earlier, and the Test match will be played on that tour.
England are also due to host New Zealand and South Africa in their 2021 home season, though fixtures have yet to be confirmed.
On the occasion of #InternationalWomensDay, I’m pleased to announce that #TeamIndia @BCCIWomen will play a one-off Test match against @ECB_cricket later this year. The women in blue will be donning the whites again
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) March 8, 2021
Women’s Tests have almost died out, with the last six fixtures in the format – since August 2015 – all pitting England against Australia, the only teams to still play long-form cricket internationally. India played their last Test match, against South Africa, back in November 2014 in Mysore, a game they won by an innings and 34 runs. In all India have played 36 Women’s Tests (and had one abandoned without a ball bowled), dating back to 1976.
The announcement may also pave the way for India’s leading women’s players to feature in the inaugural season of the Hundred. The 100-ball competition is due to start on July 21, with five overseas spots still available, and it is understood that the ECB has discussed the prospect with the BCCI.
More to follow…