India Women will face England Women in a practice match on June 13 ahead of the warm-up fixtures for the 2017 Women’s World Cup, to be held in England from June 24, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced on Monday (May 29).
The other major update is that Biju George has been appointed as the fielding coach for the Mithali Raj-led side.
George comes with the experience of having worked with the India Under-19 team during the World Cup and Asia Cup in 2014 and being part of Kolkata Knight Riders’ backroom staff during the latest Indian Premier League season. That aside, he has also been the chief coach of the Kuwait national team in the past and was once coach at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, where he worked with Sanju Samson in his formative years.
India’s route to the World Cup included finishing fifth in the Women’s Championship after forfeiting three matches against Pakistan Women due to political tensions between the two countries. They were, however, able to secure a berth in the World Cup by winning the Qualifier held in Sri Lanka earlier this year, beating South Africa in the final and finishing as the only unbeaten team in the tournament.
India also won the recent quadrangular series, beating South Africa, the hosts, in the final. Their unbeaten streak of 16 matches (the second longest in Women’s ODIs), however, ended during that series.
Before travelling to England on June 11 and beginning their training at Loughborough MCC University, the Indian women will take part in a preparatory camp to be held in Mumbai from June 6 to 10.
After the practice game against England, India will move their practice base to Derby and play warm-up matches against New Zealand Women there on June 19 and Sri Lanka Women at Chesterfield on June 21 before opening their World Cup campaign against England on June 24 in Derby.