India vice-captain Smriti Mandhana on Tuesday welcomed the idea of organizing a women’s Test cricket World Cup, but England veteran Tammy Beaumont said it would be unfair to have such a competition when only three countries play regularly. In men’s Test cricket, the ICC’s World Test Championship began with 2019–2021 as the first two-year cycle. It is currently in its third edition. However, the women’s game has no such competition. There is a huge disparity between the women’s teams in terms of playing Test cricket as only England, Australia and India have played in the longest format regularly, although there is a long gap.
“I would love to be a part of the World Test Championship but it is up to the boards and the ICC to decide,” Mandhana told the media ahead of India’s practice session here on Tuesday.
“Having seen a lot of men’s Test cricket and championships, it would be really exciting to be a part of something like that. But like I said, it would be their (administrators’) decision,” she added.
India and England will meet in a one-off Test starting here on Thursday at the DY Patil Stadium. It will be after two years that the hosts will play a Test.
For England, the gap has been around six months since they last played a Test, taking on Australia in the Women’s Ashes opener, which they lost by 89 runs.
The 32-year-old Beaumont, who has featured in eight Tests since her debut 10 years ago, says it is still not the right time for a women’s WTC given the existing disparity in terms of matches played.
“I don’t think it’s quite the right time to be honest. At the moment there are only three or four nations playing Test match cricket regularly and potentially (there are) only three or four governing bodies who can afford to host women’s Test cricket,” said Beaumont.
The England batsman said she does not expect the ICC to invest in such a tournament.
“It’s going to have to be a very big investment from the ICC, I don’t think they’re likely to be willing to invest,” she said.
Beaumont urged countries to have more matches during a bilateral tour and get other nations such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand to play more women’s Test cricket.
“They’re still trying to develop the T20 game across the globe, the way you’ve seen Thailand and other countries come into T20 cricket. I think that should remain a focus, but I’d love to see more nations do maybe like a multi-format series like we do in the Ashes,” she said.
“So say India come over and we do Test matches, ODIs and T20Is and (get an) overall winner from that. We do that from South Africa and New Zealand and all those teams and build from there.” “One day I would love to see a Test World Cup but at the moment I don’t think it would be fair when you have India, Australia and England have played a lot of Tests in the last four years but other teams like Pakistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand have not played any Test cricket in the last 15 years,” Beaumont added.
“The imbalance is still there, we have to build it up from scratch a bit further and certainly have a lot of Tests,” said the England opening batter.
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