The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday evening announced the Indian women squad for New Zealand tour. Team India is set to play three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three T20I matches against New Zealand next year.
The ODI series between India and New Zealand is part of the ongoing ICC Women’s Championship 2017-2020.
Veda Krishnamurthy, who has been out of form for quite some time now, has been dropped from the Indian squad. Mona Meshram has been included replacing Krishnamurthy for the limited overs game.
Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur have been retained as Indian skipper for the ODIs and T20I series respectively.
In the shortest format of the game, Shikha Pandey has been recalled in place of Devika Vaidya. Pooja Vastraker, who was ruled out from recently concluded T20 World Cup, was not included in the Indian squad. In the T20Is Priya Punia has replaced middle-order batter, Veda Krishnamurthy.
This is the first selection committee meeting after W.V. Raman was announced the head coach of Indian women’s team.
ODI squad: Mithali Raj (Captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, D Hemalatha, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Mona Meshram, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Shikha Pandey
India Women’s T20I squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Anuja Patil, D Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Shikha Pandey, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Priya Punia.