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Harmanpreet Kaur (Credit: ICC)

It was a perfect opportunity for India women’s cricket team to get acclimatise with the conditions ahead of the ICC World T20 next month. However, the team will have to make do with a conditioning camp in Mumbai as their three-match T20I bilateral series in West Indies has reportedly been dropped.

Cricket West Indies and BCCI were yet to make the series official as it was not part of bilateral future tour programme. The series, to take place in the last week of October, was proposed by the BCCI in July this year as an additional opportunity for India to fine tune their preparations for the WT20 that starts from November 9.

India will play two warm-up matches against defending champions West Indies (November 4) and England (November 7).

“CWI & BCCI were hoping to schedule three International T20s in St. Kitts ahead of the Women’s World T20, as part of our respective preparation plans,” CWI was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz on Wednesday. “As the series was not part of any bilateral future tours programme, CWI has been discussing the financials with the BCCI and unfortunately the matches will now not be taking place. Both teams will instead be training in Antigua before the ICC preparation period begins.”

The T20I series would’ve been a chance for the 15-man India squad to get familiar with the conditions with just four of its members – captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy and Ekta Bisht – having experience of playing in West Indies before.

India are pooled in Group B alongside Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland.