BCCI today announced that the Indian women’s team will tour Sri Lanka for the third round of the ICC Women’s Championship from September 11 to 16. The ICC Women's Championship is used to determine qualification for the Women's Cricket World Cup.
India are currently placed in the bottom half of the table along with Sri Lanka, West Indies and South Africa. The Women in Blue will be looking to make up ground against leaders New Zealand, Australia, England, and Pakistan in the race to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 which will be held in England.
The Indian women's team currently sit at sixth position in the standings with four points from six matches. Ramesh Powar will be in charge of the team after he was appointed head coach of the national women's team till the end of November. The former Indian cricketer assumed the position after Tushar Arothe's resigned in July.
The Sri Lanka tour will be Powar's first assignment as coach. His tenure with the national team also includes a tour of the Caribbean, and the ICC Women's World T20 2018, which will be held in West Indies.
Powar carries vast experience of featuring in 2 Tests and 31 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for India, he has also featured in 148 first-class matches and 28 T20s. However, the former Indian cricketer has no prior coaching experience and will embark on his first stint since completing his Level 3 coaching course in Australia.
Powar's appointment as head coach comes on the back the national women's team's inconsistent performances. Despite their stunning show in the 50-over World Cup in 2017, India failed to cross the final hurdle in the form England.
After the World Cup heartbreak, India defeated South Africa in both ODIs and T20Is away from home in February this year. However, they failed to qualify for the final of the tri-nation T20I series at home involving England and Australia.
The Indian Eves bounced back by winning the subsequent three-match ODI rubber against England. But, they failed to carry their run of form into the T20I Asia Cup final, where they went down against Bangladesh.
For India, the tour of Sri Lanka will serve as a perfect chance to bounce back and boost their morale ahead of the 2018 Women's T20 World Cup. While the Islanders will be looking to open their account in home conditions.
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