India travelled to England and the one-off Test they played – and won – there was the team’s first in eight years. © Getty Images

India travelled to England and the one-off Test they played – and won – there was the team’s first in eight years. © Getty Images

The Women’s cricket committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India proposed to bring its international cricketers under a contract system, on the same lines as the one currently in operation for men’s cricket.

The committee met in Kolkata on Sunday (May 24) and Anurag Thakur, the BCCI secretary, said in a statement that its recommendations will be placed in front the BCCI’s working committee.

It remains to be seen if the recommendations regarding the contract will come into effect when India face New Zealand in the home series, starting in June.

India’s last full series was against South Africa Women in November 2014, with one Test, three One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20 International played. India won the Test and T20I, while South Africa triumphed 2-1 in the ODIs.

Before that, India had travelled to England and the one-off Test they played – and won – there was the team’s first in eight years.

The committee has also proposed an increase in the number of international fixtures and recommended adding two events to the domestic calendar in the form of age-group tournaments. The proposal was for an Under-16 state-level tournament within the zones, and an Under-23 tournament.

Thakur said that the present formats of the women’s Under-19 tournament and the senior women’s tournament will remain unchanged.