“Going ahead, we would like to have about ten days of net sessions before going into a series”

The top Indian women cricketers “need to improve on all fronts” and “a long camp will pave the way for this”, according to WV Raman, the head coach of the national team, who recently oversaw ODI and T20I series defeats at home to South Africa in India’s first bit of international cricket in a year.

South Africa, who had played Pakistan at home in January-February, looked the better – and fitter – team, and topped India on all counts over the eight-game tour in Lucknow in what was the first time India hit the field in any format since the T20 World Cup final on March 8 last year.

“We have to start from scratch. A long camp will pave the way for this,” Raman told “They have had a long break. The girls need to improve on all fronts. The girls themselves want these camps. They need to top up on their fitness and fine-tune their skills as well. To achieve certain goals, we need to have camps on a periodic basis.

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