Thirty odd Indian players are all set to take part in the upcoming Women’s IPL league which will take place in the UAE next month & the players are asked to assemble in Mumbai by October 13th. But the Quarantine Requirements have put a question mark over their preparedness for the three team competition.
The BCCI has not announced the teams yet but Indian players both International & Uncapped domestic players who are selected for the league have been informed about their selection. After arriving in Mumbai from various parts of the country on October 18, the players will Quarantine for more than a week & they will be tested multiple times in that particular period.
The players will leave for UAE on October 22 after which they will undergo a six day Quarantine Just like all other players who are currently playing in the men’s IPL 2020. Women’s cricketers will enter the bio-bubble after undergoing three negative RT-PCR tests. The Women’s IPL will be played from November 4th to 9th.
“The players have been informed and a WhatsApp group has been created. A few U-19 players have also been picked. It will give them a lot of exposure,” a BCCI official told PTI on Friday. Players like Mithali raj & Julan Goswami who have retired from International T20s will be featured in the Women’s T20 league Challenge. In all situations all four matches will be played in Sharjah which is also the venue for 12 IPL games which also happens to be the smallest ground among the three IPL venues.
Playing in the league will be a huge challenge for the players as they will have just a week to practice cricket after Quarantining for a week in both Mumbai & UAE.
“It will be a challenge for sure. We have been training individually but the intensity of a team environment cannot be matched. We will quarantine in Mumbai for more than a week and then another week in Dubai. There will be three to four days before the event starts. Obviously, it is not going to be easy to perform,” said a player on conditions of anonymity.
The Indian team has last played in March as coronavirus enforced lockdown was placed. There were question marks raised over the event until BCCI President Sourav Ganguly assured that it would be taking place during the IPL paly-offs.