Uncertainly over contracts for India Women as they prepare for England tour

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The squad hasn’t been named yet, but players have been asked to assemble in Mumbai on May 18

The India Women players are without central contracts from September 30, 2020 and aren’t sure if they will have signed new annual retainers by the time they board their flight to the UK on June 2 for a tour comprising one Test (their first in nearly seven years), three ODIs and three T20Is.

A BCCI functionary told ESPNcricinfo that the matter was wholly being dealt by secretary Jay Shah’s office. As of Friday (May 14) afternoon, the selection committee headed by former India left-arm spinner Neetu David hadn’t named the squad for the England tour.

However, ESPNcricinfo understands the players have been asked to assemble in Mumbai on May 18, and follow a two-week quarantine, like their male counterparts, before the entire contingent flies to the UK on June 2.

The only cricket the women players have played since their runners-up finish at the T20 World Cup in March last year has been the four-match Women’s T20 Challenge in Sharjah in November and two limited-overs series at home against South Africa, which they lost, earlier this year. Those defeats led to scrutiny on WV Raman’s position as head coach, and on Thursday, he was replaced by Ramesh Powar.

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