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Mini WIPL: Women's team arrive in the UAE

Smriti Mandhana

Bengaluru, October 23: India's top-30 women cricketers arrived in the UAE to take part in the Women's T20 Challenge, which is also popularly known as the Mini WIPL.

Three teams led by Mithali Raj, Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpret Kaur are scheduled to feature in the tournament be held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 4 to 9.

Seasoned campaigner Jhulan Goswami, who has retired from international T20s is also part of the Mini WIPL.

Seasoned Indian players such as T20 skipper Harmanpreet, batswomen Smriti and rising star Jemimah Rodrigues had a nine-day quarantine in Mumbai where they had undergone multiple RT-PCR tests.

Women's Challenger series to be held in UAE from Nov 4-9

Just like their male counterparts, the women will also now undergo a six-day isolation before entering the bio-bubble environment.

They will be tested on the first, third and fifth day before being allowed in the bio-secure environment created for them.

Women's team asked to assemble in Mumbai

"Let's hear it for our girls! Smiling face with sunglasses Sparkles. Hello UAE. The Supernovas, Trailblazers, Velocity have arrived. Thumbs up. CANNOT WAIT for WomensT20Challenge," IPL tweeted from its official handle.

The tournament will mark the beginning of the Indian women's cricket season with foreign stars like England's world No.1 T20 bowler Sophie Ecclestone, dashing batswoman Danielle Wyatt, West Indies star Deandra Dottin, Sri Lanka's promising player Chamari Atapattu also taking part in the tournament.

There are talks that the women's team might travel to Sri Lanka for its first international series since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) induced break.

Full schedule of Mini WIPL

Though the best of Indian women's cricket will combine with some of the leading stars, for the Mini WIPL, the Australian cricketers are not participating in it due to the upcoming Women's Big Bash League.

Most of the players of Indian's women's team have not had a competitive outing since the 2020 ICC T20 Women's World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia on March 8 where they lost by 85 runs to the hosts.

The global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid March then put a halt to almost all the sports events around the world.

 
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Story first published: Friday, October 23, 2020, 17:02 [IST]
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