India, England Begin Preparations For T20I Series
GUWAHATI: India and England today started their preparations for the forthcoming Women T20I Series set to kick off in Guwahati on Monday. Guwahati will host all three matches of the series. The dates of other two games are March 7 and March 9.
Both England and India today spent good time at net at the ACA stadium, Barsapara. It was the host team which arrived first in the morning, and England followed them for afternoon session. Rising star of India Jemimah Rodrigues today joined with the team.
It may be mentioned here that India will go to play the T20I Series after registering 2-1 victory over England. The all rounder of Indian team Shikha Pandey feels victory in ODI Series would help India to go to the forthcoming series on a positive note against England.
“England have brought full-strength team to India. So our victory in the ODI series would definitely help the team to go with more confidence in the T20I Series,” said Shikha on the sidelines of the net session.
The visiting team added Alex Hartley to the squad for the Twenty20 series. She replaced left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone who sustained an injury during the second match of the ODI series.
It was the first occasion when Guwahati will host any match of Women T20I Series. Although both the teams have already started their preparations, yet cricket fever is yet to grip in the city. The ACA officials are, however, trying their best to pull crowed as much as possible to the ground. They have even announced free entry for spectators in all three games. Assam Cricket Association secretary Devajit Saikia today informed the media that the response of local crowds to the series is gradually increasing.
All three matches of the series will begin from 11 am and continue till 1-45 PM.
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