India women's World T20 camp shifted to CCI

The camp was initially supposed to be held at the CCI, but with the BCCI deciding to shift the fixture to the CCI last week, the camp was shifted to the Wankhede Stadium.

India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur along with head coach Ramesh Powar during a practice session.   -  Vivek Bendre

Even as the feud between Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) continues over the hosting of the fourth ODI between India and the Windies, the Cricket Club of India (CCI) has agreed to host the India's women's team camp till October 21.

The camp was initially supposed to be held at the CCI, but with the BCCI deciding to shift the fixture to the CCI last week, the camp was shifted to the Wankhede Stadium.

But on Monday, the MCA informed the BCCI that it won't be possible for them to host the women's camp.

That put the cricketers in a spot as they had to spend the entire Tuesday at the team hotel, before they were asked to assemble at the CCI on Wednesday for the camp.

It was initially supposed to be a temporary arrangement, but on Wednesday, BCCI General Manager (Cricket Operations), Syed Saba Karim said that the CCI will host the camp for the next few days.

"We have shifted the camp to CCI. It will be held there till the end (October 21)," Karim said.

But, with the CCI hosting the fourth ODI on October 29, things might get difficult to be managed.

A top CCI official confirmed that they will have to 'accommodate' the women's camp as there is no other option.

"The BCCI had requested us to hold the camp after MCA failed to do so. And we have agreed to it as the players should not suffer for this," the official said.

He also added that they will try and maintain a balance so that the preparation for the ODI is not affected. "We will host the camp till October 21, so there will be enough time," he added.

It has also been learnt that the CCI would start the ticket issuing process in the next couple of days.

Interestingly, on Wednesday, the Bombay High Court asked the BCCI and the CCI to file their replies, responding to the writ petition by the MCA protesting the decision to shift the match out of Wankhede Stadium.

But the High Court has made it clear that it won't pass any interim order, putting a stay on the fourth ODI. The matter will be heard next week.

While there was enough confusion over the venue for the camp till Tuesday night, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side took the field at the CCI on Wednesday to get ready for the T20 World Cup, which begins in the West Indies next month.