India Women Cricket Team
India Women Cricket Team. BCCI Women/Twitter

India has been dealt a setback ahead of the Commonwealth Games debut of women’s cricket as two players have remained at home after testing positive for Covid-19. On Sunday morning, the India team left for Birmingham without the two in question.

India will play its opening match of the Commonwealth Games on Friday against Australia before playing Pakistan on Sunday. In their final Group A game, India will also play Barbados.

Sourav Ganguly, the president of the BCCI, had previously announced that one member of the touring delegation had tested positive. Prior to the Games, the team worked out at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

India women cricket team
India women’s cricket team. Image: ICC

The Indian Team Will Hold Its First Practice Session On Tuesday

“A second player has tested positive for COVID-19 and it happened before departure. Both the players remain in India,” news agency PTI quoted an Indian Olympic Association official as saying.

Only after both players receive negative tests, per protocol, are they allowed to join the Indian team. The venue for all contests, including the championship game, is Edgbaston.
Tickets for the semifinals and championship games have already been reported as sold out by the organisers.

Later on Tuesday, the team will hold its first practice session.

India’s captain, Harmanpreet Kaur, had previously expressed how important it was to her and the team to compete at the Commonwealth Games “We don’t get to experience this often so really looking forward to it. The opening ceremony will be a special experience for all of us.”

Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur
Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur. (Photo: Twitter)

Smriti Mandhana on the other hand said that the team would be aiming for the gold and they are not focusing on who are the favourites in the competition. In the last T20 World Cup in Australia in 2020, India finished as the runners-up.

Als0 Read: Paddy Upton Joins The Indian Support Staff Till The Duration Of The T20 World Cup In Australia