England and India are set to play a women’s Test match this summer as part of a multi-format series between the two countries.
In a social media post on Monday, Jay Shah, general secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, wrote: “On the occasion of International Women’s Day I’m pleased to announce that #TeamIndia @BCCIWomen will play a one-off Test match against @ECB_cricket later this year. The women in blue will be donning the whites again.”
India have not played a women’s Test match in more than six years, when they beat South Africa in 2014, and the Guardian understands the two boards are currently drawing up a tour that will also feature Twenty20 matches and one-day internationals.
It is believed the visit by India will likely follow a similar multi-format points system to the one used in recent Women’s Ashes series, the 2019 edition of which was the last time Heather Knight’s England side played a Test, when they drew with Australia at Taunton.
The announcement by Shah came on the same day that the International Cricket Council confirmed two teams will be added to both the one-day and Twenty20 Women’s World Cups from 2026 as part of its plans to expand the game.
The four previous T20 World Cups have featured 10 teams, which will rise to 12 from 2026, while the 50-over tournament in 2029 will go from eight teams to 10. The ICC is also creating two six-team women’s T20 Champions Cups to be held in 2027 and 2031.
Meanwhile, the BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly, has said the final of the men’s World Test Championship will be staged in Southampton, with India, who secured their place with the 3-1 series win over England, due to meet New Zealand from 18 June.
Lord’s was originally mooted as host venue for the showpiece one-off Test match but the Ageas Bowl’s success in creating a biosecure bubble for England’s games last summer has seen it become the ICC’s preferred location.