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Mansi Joshi tests positive for Covid-19, to miss Women's T20 Challenge

Uncapped Meghna Joshi replaces the India international in Mithali Raj's Velocity squad

Annesha Ghosh
Annesha Ghosh
Mansi Joshi hasn't travelled to Mumbai with the rest of the players

Mansi Joshi hasn't travelled to Mumbai with the rest of the players  •  Getty Images

Mansi Joshi, the 27-year-old India women pacer, has tested positive for Covid-19 and hasn't travelled to Mumbai, where all the Indian players taking part in the Women's T20 Challenge congregated on October 13.
Though there hasn't been an official statement to the effect yet, it is understood that Joshi has been replaced in the Velocity squad, to be led by Mithali Raj, by uncapped 26-year-old pacer Meghna Singh.
The tournament will take place in the UAE during the playoffs' phase of the ongoing IPL, and the Indian players will complete a nine-day quarantine in Mumbai before flying out to the UAE. Just like the eight IPL franchises, the women's contingent will undergo a mandatory six-day quarantine at the team hotel, during which tests will be carried out on days one, three and five. Each of the three sides will take part in at least four training sessions before the start of the tournament on November 4. The final, to be played between the top two teams after a round-robin stage, will be on November 9.
ESPNcricinfo understands that Joshi, who has turned out for India in 11 ODIs and eight T20Is since her international debut in 2016, is in quarantine in Dehradun in northern India, where she tested positive on October 10.
Updated squads
Supernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), Jemimah Rodrigues (vice-capt), Chamari Atapattu, Priya Punia, Anuja Patil, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Shashikala Siriwardene, Poonam Yadav, Shakera Selman, Arundhati Reddy, Pooja Vastrakar, Ayushi Soni, Ayabonga Khaka, Muskan Malik
Trailblazers: Smriti Mandhana (capt), Deepti Sharma (vice-capt), Punam Raut, Richa Ghosh, D. Hemalatha, Nuzhat Parween (wk), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Harleen Deol, Jhulan Goswami, Simaran Dil Bahadur, Salma Khatun, Sophie Ecclestone, Natthakan Chantham, Deandra Dottin, Kashvee Gautam
Velocity: Mithali Raj (capt), Veda Krishnamurthy (vice-capt), Shafali Verma, Sushma Verma (wk), Ekta Bisht, Shikha Pandey, Devika Vaidya, Sushree Dibyadarshini, Manali Dakshini, Leigh Kasperek, Danielle Wyatt, Sune Luus, Jahanara Alam, M Anagha, Meghna Singh

Annesha Ghosh is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo