With the tour of England just months away, both the Indian teams – Men and Women, are making their way to Mumbai for a 14-day long quarantine before departing to England on June 2. Both the teams have started arriving in Mumbai as the BCCI wants all the players to remain safe before boarding the flight to London.
Moreover, the BCCI has made it clear that if any player catches the coronavirus in this duration, then he/she can’t travel to England and will be out of contention for the series. Regarding the travel of players from their hometowns to Mumbai, the BCCI had made it clear that members of the Men’s squad will be picked up by chartered flights. However, they didn’t mention anything about Women’s squad. Thus, the BCCI came under massive scrutiny and were even termed as ‘misogynistic’.
However, women’s cricketers Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali Raj came forward to clear the air surrounding it and confirmed that the BCCI have arranged chartered flights for them. “The BCCI has organized Charter flights to ferry both men and women players to Mumbai before we leave for the UK. Considering the distance and individual convenience players have made their own choice,” tweeted Harmanpreet Kaur.
Legendary batswoman Mithali Raj also joined her and tweeted, “Traveling is a challenge in the pandemic but it is reassuring to see elaborate measures by BCCI for our health and safety. A charter flight to Mumbai and UK and regular RT-PCR Tests at home.”
Both teams will now undergo a mandatory 14-days quarantine in a Mumbai Hotel and will also be tested multiple times.
Ramesh Powar appointed as head coach
The Indian women’s team is scheduled to tour England in the coming month to play one Test, three ODIs and as many T20Is. The BCCI is likely to announce the squad today and they will travel along with India Men’s squad to the UK. Yesterday, the CAC suggested the name of Ramesh Power for the position of Head Coach for the Women’s national team and the BCCI appointed him after sacking WV Raman, the previous coach.