India Women's schedule for Australia likely to be altered due to COVID-19

The Indian women’s team will travel to Australia for an all-format tour that will include three One-Day Internationals, one Test, and three Twenty20 Internationals. The tour will kick off in North Sydney on September 19, with the next two ODIs taking place in Melbourne and Perth. However, it appears that the Australian government’s COVID-19 regulations and norms are making hosting the matches in Sydney and Melbourne challenging.

Despite the fact that both countries’ squads have been confirmed, Cricket Australia (CA) is still negotiating with government officials for the scheduling of the upcoming matches.

Railways medium-pacer Meghna Singh and Baroda left-handed batswoman Yastika Bhatia, both untested, were included to India’s combined team for the series on Tuesday. Rajeshwari Gayakwad, a left-arm spinner who missed the last tour of England owing to a knee injury, has been added to the squad for all formats.

Cricket Australia has stated that it is keeping an eye on the matter. “Due to the current COVID problems, Cricket Australia will continue to monitor the situation across the country and will evaluate whether any decisions about delaying or shifting matches are required in due course,” it said last week.

On Sunday, the Indian squad will depart for Australia. According to the COVID-19 regulations in Australia, all international entrants must undergo a two-week quarantine. If the matches are planned in another state, Australian players from New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria will also be required to quarantine before the series. Meg Lanning, Australia’s captain, stated last week that once the schedule is set, her players will be ready to move at a moment’s notice.

“Things are changing at a breakneck pace these days. To be honest, every player in the squad is willing to switch positions at any time. We are well aware of how quickly things can change. At this point, we’re basically planning on keeping the timetable as is and heading to camp before then”,Lanning stated.