Vastavam web: In an attempt to create a bigger feeder line for the women’s cricket team, the BCCI is planning to introduce more India A tours in near future.
Besides the ‘A’ tour, there are plans to expand the U-16 domestic zonal tournament to the all-India level. As of now, all-India junior tournaments cover only the U-19 and U-23 category.The Committee Of Administrators (COA) member Diana Edulji is part of the women’s committee, which will be meeting on Wednesday to decide the road ahead for women’s cricket in the country.”We plan to have India A tours for the women’s team besides reviewing the domestic structure. It is needed for creating a bigger bench strength for the women’s team. Mithali has herself felt that there is a lot of difference between our domestic cricket and international cricket,” the BCCI official told on condition of anonymity.
Another issue which is likely to be discussed in the meeting is the lack of international assignments for the national team, which became overnight stars with their showing in the World Cup last month.”The next assignment for India will probably be the ICC ODI Championship next year and there we are keen that team plays a tri-series along with the bilateral series. Having more domestic events and A tours will also go a long way in creating big enough pool for the Women’s IPL,” the official said.Former India captain Shantha Rangaswamy said India A tours for women were due for a long time.Contrary to popular belief that India is not yet ready for a Women’s IPL, Rangaswamy said the league could only help the game in the country.