India’s 30 top women cricketers arrived here on Thursday to participate in the T20 Challenge which is also known as ‘Mini Women’s IPL’ and will be held in Sharjah from November 4-9. T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Jemima Rodriguez did a nine-day quarantine in Mumbai with several RT-PCR tests performed.
Like Indian male cricketers, female cricketers also have to stay in the quarantine for six days before entering the ‘bio-bubble’. They will be tested on the first, third and fifth days only after which they will be allowed to enter the biologically safe environment created for them.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) tweeted on its official handle, ‘Let’s listen to our girls too, smiling faces in gleaming sunglasses. Hello uae. Supernovas, trailblazers, Velocity have arrived. Can’t wait for the women’s T20 challenge. ‘ The three teams of the tournament will be led by Mithali Raj, Mandhana and Harmanpreet.
The tournament will also mark the beginning of the Indian women’s cricket season in which foreign stars such as Diandra Dottin, Sophie Ecclestone, Daniel Watt, Chamari Attapattu will also participate. There are also talks that the women’s team can also travel to Sri Lanka for their first international series after the break due to Kovid-19.