Mansi Joshi, the 27-year-old India women pacer, has tested positive for Covid-19 and hasn’t travelled to Mumbai, where all the Indian players taking part in the Women’s T20 Challenge congregated on October 13. Joshi has been replaced in the Velocity squad, to be led by Mithali Raj, by 26-year-old uncapped pacer Meghna Singh.
The tournament will take place in the UAE during the playoffs’ phase of the ongoing IPL, and the Indian players will complete a nine-day quarantine in Mumbai before flying out to the UAE. Just like the eight IPL franchises, the women’s contingent will undergo a mandatory six-day quarantine at the team hotel during which tests will be carried out on days one, three and five. Each of the three sides will take part in at least four training sessions before the start of the tournament on November 4. The final, to be played between the top two teams after a round-robin stage, will be on November 9.
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ESPNcricinfo understands that Joshi, who has turned out for India in 11 ODIs and eight T20Is since her international debut in 2016, is in quarantine in Dehradun in northern India, where she tested positive on October 10.
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