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Commonwealth Games 2022: Australia might skip opening ceremony to focus on India clash

Meanwhile, India have received an early setback as two of their players had to stay back in the country after testing positive for COVID-19.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 28 July 2022 12:15 pm

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Women’s cricket is all set to make its maiden appearance at the 2022 Commonwealth Games with a T20 tournament featuring eight teams all set to be played starting on July 29. World Champions Australia will also be taking part in the competition and are determined to perform well. In the same light, it’s reported that the team has opted to skip the opening ceremony scheduled for 28 July to focus on its match against India.

Australian coach Shelley Nitschke is expecting a tough challenge from India and so does not want to take a chance. She has said that the team’s participation in the opening ceremony is still “a work in progress”. Nitschke talked to reporters on Tuesday and said the team is still thinking if they should participate in the ceremony or not.

“Australian coach Shelley Nitschke told reporters on Tuesday that discussions around the opening ceremony remained ‘a work in progress’,” claimed a cricket.com.au report. It’s worth mentioning that the opening ceremony will not finish until about 10.30 pm local time on Thursday and Australia and India will face each other in the first match of the tournament the next morning at 11 am.

It’s important and the girls are excited: Nitschke

The coach also talked about the mood in the camp regarding their maiden appearance at the Games. Nitschke said that the girls feel honored and are excited about the new challenge. She added that the team plays World Cups and Ashes but playing at Commonwealth Games is a unique experience altogether.

“It’s big motivation. It’s the first one, it’s something new for us. We’re really keen to put our best foot forward and hopefully add a gold medal to the mix. It’s important and the girls are excited about it,” said Nitschke. “They’re all really honoured to be part of the first T20 women’s (tournament) at the Commonwealth Games,” Nitschke said.

“It’s got a special place. We play World Cups and Ashes and things like that, which are very important, but this is something a little bit different, to be involved in the first one. It has a lot of significance for us,” she added.

Meanwhile, India have received an early setback as two of their players had to stay back in the country after testing positive for COVID-19.

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