New Delhi: The BCCI has announced India Women’s squad for the upcoming seven-match tour of England.
Young Indian batter Shafali Verma has earned her maiden call up to the Indian ODI and Test squad.
Meanwhile, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht and Taniya Bhatia have also made the cut in all the squads.
The impending tour comprises a one-off Test, three ODIs and as many T20Is.
Fast-bowling all-rounder Shikha Pandey, left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht, and wicketkeeper-batter Taniya Bhatia, who were left out of the squads for the ODI and T20I series at home against South Africa, have been picked for all formats this time for the England tour.
Moreover, Bhatia will likely be the wicket-keeper in the Test, India’s first assignment in the longest format in nearly seven years.
The uncapped Jharkhand wicket-keeper-batter Indrani Roy has earned her maiden international call-up.
She was the leading run-scorer in the Senior One Day Trophy 2020/21, having amassed 456 runs at 76.00, and a strike rate of 86.52.
Meanwhile, all-rounder Sneh Rana, who last represented India in 2016, returns to the squad.
She scalped 18 wickets at 12.66 in the Senior One Day tournament.
Among the 18-member consolidated Test and ODI squad, only eight players have played a Test match before. These include Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jhulan Goswami, Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, and Ekta Bisht.
Squad : India Women Test and ODI squad
India Women Test and ODI squad for England tour: Mithali Raj (captain), Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Punam Raut, Priya Punia, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Indrani Roy (wicket-keeper), Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav
T20I squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Richa Ghosh, Harleen Deol, Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Indrani Roy (wicket-keeper), Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav, Simran Bahadur