Indian women cricketers receive first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

The members of the Indian women’s team slated to travel to the UK have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine. 

The players are presently quarantined in Mumbai before they take the flight to England. India will begin the tour on June 16 with a one-off Test in Bristol and would be followed by a two-match T20I series and three Tests. 

The players will now be administered their second dose by the UK health department. The Indian contingent is scheduled to take the flight on June 2. 

"All the players of the women's team have got their first dose of vaccination. Most of them got it in their respective cities, while a few who didn't, got their first jabs on Thursday," a BCCI source said.

Spinner Deepti Sharma had also posted a picture on social media that read, “Though I am a little scared of needles, but I still got myself vaccinated today. I urge people to please get vaccinated as soon as they can! #GotTheDose #We4Vaccine #CovidVaccine.”

While India will play a Test in England, they will also face Australia in a Day-Night fixture later this year. The iconic WACA at Perth will be hosting the day-night Test match. 

Earlier, the Indian players had hailed the BCCI for organising the one-off Test on the tour to the UK. 

"I got that sunshine in my pocket, Got that good soul in my feet!!' I know I'm a little late to the party, but it is massive for @BCCIWomen to have another test match added to this year's itinerary. Kudos to everyone who has made this possible. #TestCricketIsTheBest,” Shikha Pandey wrote on her Twitter handle. 

This will be the first occasion after 15 years when the Indian women’s team will play Australia in a Test.


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