ESPNcricinfo understands both players are set to complete their isolation later this week, and will then have to pass a BCCI-mandated fitness test before they can fly out. This could all but rule them out of the first two league games. After the clash against Australia, India play Pakistan on Sunday (July 31) and Barbados on Wednesday (August 3).
As things stand, the team management is keen to wait for an update on Vastrakar before summoning a replacement. The allrounder was impressive with her lower-order hitting and tight bowling during a disappointing World Cup campaign in New Zealand this March-April.
Meghana’s unavailability, meanwhile, is unlikely to upset team dynamics at the moment, given she was largely picked as a back-up in the current squad, given Smriti Mandhana is set to open with Shafali Verma, with Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur and Yastika Bhatia forming the middle order.
Women’s cricket is making its debut at the games, with all the matches set to be played at Edgbaston.
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