India and England face each other in a three-match women’s T20I series, starting on Wednesday, with a common goal — taking the first step towards their preparation for next year’s World Cup, which will be played in Bangladesh.
“We are moving towards the World Cup. Every series and match will have its own importance. The series against England and Australia will count a lot,” said India Women’s new head coach Amol Muzumdar.
“We had a chat about it with the team and they (players) are all raring to go. Every step that we take (hereon) is (about) moving towards the World Cup. England and Australia will be a superb series to start the preparations (for the World Cup),” he said.
England captain Heather Knight will want her players to learn about the conditions, because they are similar to that in Bangladesh. “I learned a lot about my game playing in Indian conditions, it really tests you as a cricketer, your skill level and how you do with the noise and the heat,” Knight said.
“It is a really good place to accelerate development, to see how our young players cope with it. We have got a T20 World Cup in Bangladesh later on in the year (2024), so this tour is going to be valuable in terms of having similar conditions.”
Today’s match: 7pm live on Sports 18 1 & JioCinema