All the players have completed their mandatory six-day quarantine period in UAE and started their practice as well for the upcoming Women’s T20 Challenge. Meanwhile, Team Velocity and Team Trailblazers have done their first practice session on Wednesday, Velocity captain Mithali Raj asked her teammates to just focus on the basics.

Indian cricket team will play after seven long months. They last played in the ICC T20 World Cup in March before global pandemic novel COVID-19 brought the entire world into a standstill. The Women’s T20 Challenge will take place from November 4-9 here in Sharjah, comprised of three teams — Trailblazers, Supernovas, and Velocity.

Most of the players have been playing after a long break and it wouldn’t be easy to get back in the zone immidiately.

“We are not here to judge anybody”: Mithali Raj

“We are not here to judge anybody, all of us are coming from the quarantine period, just get your basics, for the first two days work on your basics, once the flow comes and then ease into it. Hydrate yourselves well, even if you train for twenty minutes, intensity should be there, don’t try to push too hard,” Mithali Raj said to her teammates in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of IPL.

“It was a fun session, I was not expecting to time the ball as I did, it feels good to be back, all girls are very excited, everyone is looking in touch, really looking forward to November 4th,” she further added.

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While Mithali Raj will lead the Team Velocity, Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur will captain the Trailblazers and Supernovas respectively. Smriti Mandhana led Team Trailblazers too have their first training session on Wednesday.

While speaking about her training session, captain Smriti Mandhana said: “It was a fun session, I was not expecting to time the ball as I did, it feels good to be back, all girls are very excited, everyone is looking in touch, really looking forward to November 4th.”

All the matches of Women’s T20 Challenge will start from 7:30 PM IST, barring the second match between Velocity and Trailblazers. This match will start from 3:30 IST in the afternoon. Notably, Sharjah will host all the games of the tournament.

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Squads of Women’s T20 Challenge:

Trailblazers:

Smriti Mandhana (C), Deepti Sharma, Punam Raut, Richa Ghosh, Dayalan Hemlatha, Nuzhat Parween, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Harleen Deol, Jhulan Goswami, Simaran Dil Bahadur, Salma Khatun, Sophie Ecclestone, Natthakan Chantham, Deandra Dottin, Kashvee Gautam

Velocity:

Mithali Raj (C), Shafali Verma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Sushma Verma, Ekta Bisht, Meghna Singh, Shikha Pandey, Devika Vaidya, Sushree Dibyadarshini, Manali Dakshini, Leigh Kasperek, Danielle Wyatt, Sune Luus, Jahanara Alam, Anagha Murali

Supernovas:

Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Jemimah Rodrigues, Chamari Atapattu, Priya Punia, Anuja Patil, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia, Shashikala Sriwardene, Poonam Yadav, Shakera Selman, Arundhati Reddy, Pooja Vastrakar, Ayushi Soni, Ayabonga Khaka, Muskan Malik

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