Although all domestic cricket has been postponed by the BCCI due to the COVID pandemic, the ODI team selected to tour South Africa starting from January 19th at Paarl are prepping themselves at the NCA in Bengaluru.
The camp is being overlooked by Chetan Sharma, chairman of selectors, his co-selector, Sunil Joshi and VVS Laxman, who is the chief of the NCA.
The camp has started on the 5th of January and will end on the 8th.
Laxman will soon depart for the West Indies to witness the Under-19 World Cup.
The players scheduled for departure to South Africa include Shikhar Dhawan, Suryakumar Yadav, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Venkatesh Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, and Prasidh Krishna.
No camp organized for India women’s team
The women’s team however were deprived of the luxury of a preparatory camp before the ICC Women’s World Cup. They will soon depart for New Zealand.
According to a source,
The squad is likely to assemble in Mumbai by the 15th or 16th. They will undergo a week or 10-day quarantine in Mumbai, before leaving for New Zealand, where they will again have to undergo a hard 14-day quarantine in their hotel rooms.
Inside the BCCI, there are various theories of whether or not a camp should have been held for the women’s team.
We could have held a camp in a bio-secure atmosphere.
said one BCCI official.
Another official said,
The players have played enough cricket in recent times. They played in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia and then in the One-day championship. In the present case, holding a camp would have been risky for the players.
The 15-member women’s squad will play one T20I against New Zealand in Napier on the 9th of February and then a 5-match ODI series from February 11 to 24.
The ICC Women’s World Cup will commence on the 4th of March and end on the 3rd of April.
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