CWG 2022: Big blow to the hopes of gold, two Indian women cricketers turned Corona positive

Birmingham: Indian women’s cricket team batsman S Meghna and all-rounder Pooja Vastrakar have been found to be Kovid-19 positive. He was forced to stay in India ahead of the first match against Australia on Friday. The Indian team left for Birmingham on Sunday morning but these two players could not accompany the team. Cricket Board of India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly had earlier confirmed a member of the team to be positive. The team trained at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) prior to the Games.

Women’s cricket is making its Commonwealth Games debut. The last time sports cricket was held was in 1998, when matches were played against men’s cricket. An Indian Olympic Association (IOA) official said, “The dresser and Meghna have been found to be Kovid-19 positive and this happened before departure. Both the players are in India.

“As per the rules, both the players can join the team only if it comes negative,” a BCCI source said. Given the current situation, both the players are unlikely to play in the first match against Australia. India’s second match is against arch-rivals Pakistan on July 31 and the team will play its last league match against Barbados on August 3.

All matches including the final will be played at Edgbaston. Organizers have said that tickets for the semi-finals and final have already been sold out. The Indian team will take part in its first training session on Tuesday. Before the team’s departure, Indian captain Harmanpreet said about playing in the Commonwealth Games, “We don’t get to experience it very often, so looking forward to it.” The opening ceremony will be a special experience for all of us.

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