The clash between a young, relatively-untested Indian side and a struggling home team won't be the only cricket that will intrigue fans in England this summer.
The Indian women will take on their English counterparts in a three-match One Day International series as the two teams begin their preparations for the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup.
The Royal London Women's ODI series gets underway at the famous Scarborough Cricket Club in Yorkshire where the first two matches take place on August 21 and 23 before the two sides travel to Lord's on Monday August 25 for the third and final game.
The bilateral series will be the first round of the new ICC Women's Championship which involves the world's top eight ranked women's teams with results determining qualification for the World Cup which will be held in England and Wales.
All eight teams will play each other, home and away, over the next two years with the top four gaining automatic qualification for the World Cup.
Intriguingly, the bottom four will then play in a further qualifying tournament against teams from the International Cricket Council's regional structures, including against lesser well-known cricketing nations.
ECB Head of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “The ICC Women’s Championship represents a significant step for the global development of the women’s game. For the first time, international women’s cricket will follow a long-term future tours programme to generate a meaningful ranking system to decide which countries qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup in England in 2017.
“It is hoped that the ICC WC will increase the profile and competitiveness of the women’s game outside of World Cup years, as it guarantees a regular and balanced programme of ODI cricket, with more countries involved than ever before."
The India-England ODI series will also be streamed live via the ECB's YouTube Channel.
Ahead of the series, the two sides will play a four-day Test match beginning August 13 at the Wormsley Cricket Ground near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS