India fast bowler Mansi Joshi will miss the Women’s T20 Challenge after testing positive for Covid-19. The tournament will be played between November 4 and 9 in the UAE. As per media reports, uncapped Uttar Pradesh fast bowler Meghna Singh has been named as replacement in the Velocity squad, subject to board approval.
Joshi had tested positive in her hometown in Dehradun, in the mandatory test BCCI asked all players involved in the T20 competition to undergo, before flying them out to Mumbai. She is in asymptomatic and in stable condition.
Mansi Joshi to remain in self-isolation
Joshi will remain in self-isolation until she recovers from the deadly virus. Her isolation period is scheduled for two weeks starting from October 11. Meanwhile, the Indian team is currently under a nine-day quarantine in Mumbai before leaving for UAE on October 21, thus ruling her out of the tournament.
Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have been named captains for their respective franchises. The best of Indian women’s cricket will combine with some of the leading stars from England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh and New Zealand in a four-match tournament, the cricket board said.
Thailand’s Natthakan Chantham, who scored her country’s first Women’s T20 World Cup half-century, adds another feather to her cap as she will become the first Thai cricketer to feature in the tournament.
There will be three matches played between November 4 to 7 with the final taking place on 9th. Supernovas will play the inaugural fixture against Velocity.