Cricket Australia confirmed that the Australia-India women’s ODI series slated for next month has been postponed to next season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The two teams were originally slated to play three One-Day Internationals in January 2021.
The postponement means India, runners-up in the last ODI and T20 World Cups, will be out of action for 10 months. The team’s last match was in the T20 World Cup final on March 8. Cricket Australia said the matches will be postponed until “next season,” which would likely be 2022, and that three Twenty20 matches would be added to the tour.
“We are very hopeful of delivering an expanded schedule between the Australian and Indian women’s teams for next season, which would be an outstanding result for fans in both countries,” Nick Hockley, Australia’s interim CEO said, “We had initially hoped to play India this summer, however, the impact of the global pandemic made it necessary to postpone until next season
“It will be wonderful to once again host the Indian women’s team, who were centre stage for that unforgettable ICC T20 World Cup final at the MCG in March, and to do so with an expanded schedule from what was originally planned.”
Australia are currently hosting the India men’s team in a four-Test series. Australia defeated India in the women’s T20 World Cup final in March at the Melbourne Cricket Ground the last time the teams met.