Shantha Rangaswamy, a former India cricketer, has encouraged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to hold some practice pink-ball matches before Mithali Raj and her teammates take on Australia in their first-ever day-night Test.
The one-off Test match will begin on September 30 at the iconic WACA. Before the pink-ball competition, which is absolutely new to Indian women cricketers, the BCCI Apex Council member stressed the need of practice games.
“As we (BCCI) had stopped multi-day domestic cricket since 2018, our women’s team has virtually not played even red ball cricket.”
“It is to the credit of the women’s team that they have eked out a honourable draw despite all odds in the recently concluded Test against England.”
“Given the above background, playing under lights at the WACA in Perth will be a tougher task. They need to play under lights with the pink ball before they embark on the tour of Australia,” Shantha Rangaswany suggested.
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There is a pressing need for female cricketers to adjust to pink balls: Rangaswamy, Shantha
To prepare for the Australian challenge, Shantha Rangaswamy has proposed two-day games with four teams. In fact, the Indian cricket team hasn’t played a domestic red-ball match since 2018.
Shantha Rangaswamy, whose participation in the Women’s T20 Challenge is in peril, has urged the BCCI to hold practice games so that players can adjust to the pink balls.
“I suggest that 4 teams of at least 13 players be picked and they play each other in two-day games to familiarise themselves. The President (Sourav Ganguly) spoke of the time constraints given the 14-day quarantine in Australia,” wrote Shantha Rangaswamy.
“But to ward off a one-sided Test against Australia, there is a dire need to make them play as suggested above. Since the IPL Women’s Challenge itself is in jeopardy given the time constraints, I appeal to all of you to schedule the above to make the women’s team adapt to the Pink Ball.”
“As I mentioned during the (Apex Council meeting on June 20), our men’s team too struggled in the Pink Ball Test in Australia last time they played but they could erase that memory as they played more Tests and emerged victorious. But since it is a One Off Test, this suggestion may be accepted/implemented,” wrote Shantha.
India Women’s Team Tour Of Australia 2021:
1st ODI: Sep 19, North Sydney Oval (D/N)
2nd OD: Sep 22, Junction Oval
3rd ODI: Sep 24, JO
Test Match: Sep 30 – Oct 3: WACA Ground (D/N)
— Rajesh Khilare (@Cricrajeshpk) May 20, 2021
In the lead-up to the one-off pink-ball Test, India will play a three-match ODI series, beginning September 19. A three-match T20I series will conclude the tour.