Interacting and learning from men's team will be additional boost: Mithali Raj on England tour

The Indian women's cricket team is all set to embark on a special journey to the United Kingdom under a revamped support staff for a one-off Test match followed by three ODIs and T20Is.

With the men's and the women's side travelling together to the United Kingdom, it will provide the young girls in the team the chance to interact and learn from their male counterparts on the conditions in England.

In a pre-departure press conference, Mithali Raj said, "Well, yes. I am sure the girls have been interacting whenever they cross paths. It is good to have them around because they have played a lot in the UK, and we can ask them questions, and they can help out because most of the girls are playing the Test format for the first time, so it can really help them if they exchange or talk to them and gain some experience from their talks from their tours."

The team were handed their playing kits in a special ceremony ideated by the support staff. Mithali Raj, skipper of the side, offered insights to this ceremony, saying, "I think from a player's perspective, it is just an occasion to make them feel very special about the white jersey and getting into a format which I personally feel is the most challenging, respected and the oldest format, and it has its own charm. 

"When the girls who are getting into the team for the first time playing that format, it's very special for them. Unfortunately, I never had this sort of a ceremony way back in 1990, but I think it's good to have it because the excitement is there in the group."