CWG 2022: Big SETBACK for India women cricket team as two players test Covid positive ahead of Australia clash

Another member of the Indian women’s cricket team has tested positive for COVID-19 and has stayed back in the country ahead of the side’s opener against Australia in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Friday.

The India squad left on Sunday morning for Birmingham without the two players.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had earlier confirmed that one member of the touring party tested positive. The squad trained at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) ahead of the Games.

A warm send off for #TeamIndia as they left for Birmingham this morning from Bengaluru.  #Birmingham2022
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 24, 2022

Women’s cricket is making its debut at the Commonwealth Games.

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

A BCCI source added: ”As per protocol, both players can only join the team once they test negative.”

Considering the situation, the two players are unlikely to feature in the opener against Australia. The second game is against arch-rivals Pakistan on July 31 and the final league match against Barbados on August 3.

All games, including the final, will be played at Edgbaston. The organizers have said that tickets for the semifinals and final are already sold out.

The team will be having its first training session later on Tuesday.

#TeamIndia captain @ImHarmanpreet speaks about the excitement to play in the @birminghamcg22 Commonwealth Games  #B2022
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 23, 2022

We are aiming for Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games: #TeamIndia vice-captain @mandhana_smriti. #B2022
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 22, 2022

Ahead of the team’s departure, India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur had spoken about how much playing in the Commonwealth Games meant to her and the team.

”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,” she had said.

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