The Indian women’s cricket team will play five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and one Twenty-20 International (T20I) in New Zealand next year as part of their preparations for the World Cup, which will be held in Wellington. The six-match series will begin on February 9 with the lone T20 and conclude on February 24. After being postponed for a year owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, the World Cup will be held in March-April.

“The White Ferns will put the finishing touches on their preparations for the upcoming World Cup, which will be hosted in New Zealand for the first time in 22 years,” New Zealand Cricket announced on Friday. “They will play India in a six-match series consisting of a T20 and five ODIs.”

India’s most recent international tour was a September-October tour to Australia, which included a pink-ball Test. In a statement, NZC chief executive David White stated, “The India series is an important component of the White Ferns’ World Cup preparations.”

While the demand for a women’s version of the Indian Premier League has been growing for some time, with players like Jemimah, Harmanpreet, and others proposing the notion of a full-fledged IPL, it grew even more after the Australia tour. Fans flocked to social media to share their views on the matter, and the men’s edition of the league was in full swing at the time, so the support was strong and continues to be so. According to sources, the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) is considering launching the league next year. However, Mithali Raj, a legend in women’s cricket and one of the recipients of this year’s coveted Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, believes that the current focus should be on the World Cup, which is set for next year, rather than the women’s IPL.

Schedule

Feb 9: 1st T20I, Napier

Feb 11: 1st ODI, Napier

Feb 14: 2nd ODI, Nelson

Feb 16: 3rd ODI, Nelson

Feb 22: 4th ODI, Queenstown

Feb 24: 5th ODI, Queenstown