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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) reiterated its commitment to hosting women’s international matches this summer saying plans for England to hold a tri-series against India and South Africa are progressing positively. The board released a statement on Monday (July 6).

England’s series against India that was originally scheduled to be held in June, and South Africa’s tour later in August remain postponed. While there have been reports about the possible dates for the tri-series, the respective boards are yet to make any formal announcements.

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The tri-series is still in the planning stage and would be played behind closed doors with all the requirements to make the venues bio-secure.

“Chief amongst our priorities is to build on our commitment to support and grow women’s cricket and at the elite level discussions continue to progress to determine the best and safest way to host a tri-series against India and South Africa,” said Tom Harrison, ECB chief executive, while announcing the schedule for England men’s series against Pakistan and Ireland.

“It must be reiterated that there is still much work for the ECB and the cricket network to do as we try to plot a path through this pandemic.”

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“It has taken significant effort and expertise to allow us to reach a position where cricket is now ready and able to return to the field of play from the elite level to recreational cricket,” he added.

It is understood that the boards are waiting to see how the England-West Indies men’s Test match beginning on Friday (July 8) turns out before finalising their plans.

Meanwhile, India are yet to announce a fresh selection panel after the tenures of the Hemlata Kala-led committee ended after the T20 World Cup in March.