MUMBAI: The BCCI will ensure that two tours of 'emerging team' – practically the 'A' sides, are organized on an annual basis for India's women's cricketers. "Like it happened in the case of men's cricket, this will help us build a solid bench strength for women's cricket in India," a source said.
In further good news for women's cricket in India, the Board will launch a new Women's Under-16 One-Day Trophy this domestic season, which will be played from December 26 to January 3, 2023, while the Women's One-Day and T20 Zonal Trophies have been revived. As per a Board document, the U-16 Women's tournament will be held on an inter-zonal basis, with no knockouts.
Though Women's Under-23 One-Day and T20 Trophies-which has not been held for the last two seasons due to Covid-19- have been scheduled in the domestic calendar, a source informed that both the tournaments are likely to be done away with.
"We will introduce this girls' U-16 tournament keeping the (first-ever) ICC Under-19 Women's T20 World Cup (which will take place in South Africa from January 2023) in mind," Ganguly had told reporters here after the BCCI Apex Council meeting on Thursday. "The BCCI is set to do away with the Under-23 women's tournament as unlike in the men's case, most women cricketers, by the time they cross 20, start playing for their senior domestic side," revealed a source.