Members of the Indian women’s cricket team have started gathering in Bengaluru for a training camp ahead of the Australia tour to be held in September-October. The teams for the tour are yet to be announced, but around 30 cricketers have been asked to reach Bengaluru by Tuesday evening. Players will start training after a six-day quarantine. Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Jemima Rodriguez, Deepti Sharma and Shefali Verma, currently playing in ‘The Hundred’ tournament in England, have been asked to join the national team in Bengaluru by August 22 as the team leaves for Australia later this month. They will also have to go through a six-day quarantine before this happens. ‘The Hundred’ tournament will run till August 21.
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On arrival in Australia, the players will undergo a 14-day quarantine, which will be followed by the first ODI between hosts Australia and India in Sydney. On this tour, India will play three ODIs, one Day-Night Test and three T20 Internationals. An official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) told PTI that, ‘Australia will have to go through a strict quarantine in the first week. After this the team is likely to get approval for training for the next seven days, with which their quarantine will be completed. This will be another important tour for India after the England tour. The Indian team is preparing for the ODI World Cup to be held in New Zealand early next year.
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The pink ball Test at WACA in Perth for the Indian team will be the biggest challenge of the tour, as the women’s team does not play with the red ball even in domestic cricket. India, however, made a spectacular comeback in the one-off Test against England to draw the match, the team’s first Test in nearly seven years. India had to face defeat against hosts England in both the ODI and T20 series. BCCI Apex Council member Shantha Rangaswamy had written to the BCCI office-bearers asking them to organize a domestic competition with Pink Ball before the players leave for Australia, but it did not happen.