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Harmanpreet Kaur calls for more women’s Tests

Published : 08 Aug 2023 08:53 PM

India captain Harmanpreet Kaur has called for more women's Tests as well as a resumption of long-duration domestic cricket in India. Harmanpreet, 34, is broadly representative of the top-level women's cricketer of her time in how many games she's played in each of the three formats: only three Test matches to go with 127 ODIs and 154 T20Is.

India are scheduled to play only two Test matches in the 2022-25 women's Future Tours Programme (FTP) cycle, both at home in the 2023-24 season, against England and Australia. Only four teams will play Test cricket during this cycle, with India playing the fewest behind England (five), Australia (four) and South Africa (three). "As a player, I definitely want more Tests because as a growing kid, we saw more Tests on TV than T20s," Harmanpreet said while interviewed on the Sky Sports Cricket Podcast. "Nowadays it's a lot of fun playing T20s but Test cricket is something every cricketer wants to play.

"This year we have two Tests - one against England and one against Australia - and I hope those games can make a huge impact on women's cricket and hopefully in the future we will keep getting more Test matches. 

We have to bring back Test matches in women's cricket because it's very important for women's cricket."