MCC can confirm the Home of Cricket will host its first Women’s One-Day International for five years.
England will take on India as part of the Royal London Series on Saturday 24 September, which will see a return for Heather Knight’s side to the scene of their triumph over the same opponents in the final of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup.
The final of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy will take place at the Ground for the first time 24 hours later on Sunday 25 September. These two matches contribute to an increase in the amount of playing opportunities for female cricketers at Lord’s from 2021.
Guy Lavender, MCC Chief Executive & Secretary said: “It is always exciting for us to reveal the full Lord’s fixture list for the summer, however this year is extra special. We are thrilled to be hosting the Women’s One-Day International between England and India in September.
“There are a number of alterations to our fixture schedule and these are designed to increase the playing opportunities for a wider range of players, whilst also improving the balance between men’s and women’s cricket."
Clare Connor, MCC President, said: “I am delighted that Lord’s will host the finale of both the women’s international and domestic summers on 24 and 25 September respectively. For those England and India players who were involved in that thrilling ICC Women’s World Cup final of 2017, they can once again go head-to-head at the Home of Cricket.
“Perhaps even more significant than this, Lord’s will host its first women’s domestic final the following day, showcasing our very best female talent in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. From my own personal perspective, I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to end the 2022 summer for women’s cricket in this country.
“And prior to this final weekend of action, I am thrilled that the 2022 fixture list will provide female players with more playing opportunity than ever before at the Home of Cricket. These are such exciting times for women and girls in our sport and MCC is proudly at the forefront of creating those opportunities.”