Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley believes that women’s cricket has suffered way more than men’s cricket due to the pandemic and the Indian women’s tour of Australia will ‘get the momentum going again.
The Indian women’s team will be touring Australia in the month of September and October. They will kick start the tour with 3 One-Day Internationals, followed by the most awaited pink-ball test at Perth between September 30 – October 3 and the tour will be concluded on October 11, the day India will play their third and last T20I match against Australia.
Thanking the BCCI for accepting its request, Hockley said the match would help in promoting the women’s game.
“It is brilliant to see the growth of the game (women’s cricket). We are very fortunate to have the T20 World Cup just before COVID hit the world last year. And these matches are about how to get the momentum going,” Hockley said while participating in a 12-hour gaming live stream to raise money for UNICEF Australia’s India COVID Appeal.
“Women’s cricket suffered more than men due to COVID. I thank the Indian team for having agreed to travel knowing that they will have to be in quarantine. It is a big investment.”
“India would be looking to get back (at Australia) after the T20 World Cup defeat,” Hockley added.
India lost by 85 runs in the Finals of the ICC T20 World Cup against Australia last year in March, just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world.
India will be playing not one, but two test matches this year after a long gap of almost 7 years. The first match will be played against England on June 16 in Bristol while the second one is the pink-ball test match against Australia in Perth. This will be India’s first pink ball test match.