A still of India's Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur during ICC Women's World Cup match against New Zealand in Derby on July 15, 2017. Photograph:( PTI )
BCCI announced the 15-member squad for Indian women's cricket team for the forthcoming 2022 ICC ODI World Cup, to take place in New Zealand.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Thursday (January 06), announced a 15-member squad for the Indian eves' 2022 ODI World Cup campaign. For the unversed, the showpiece event is set to take place in New Zealand after the last edition was hosted by England in mid-2017.
The 15-women squad will be lead by the veteran and legendary Mithali Raj whereas experienced pace campaigner Jhulan Goswami will also be a part of the squad. The two stalwarts will be eager to sign off from the highest level by winning India the coveted title for the first time after ending as runners-up twice in the tournament-history. While Harmanpreet Kaur -- who played a whirlwind 175run knock in the 2017 edition's semi-final clash versus Australia -- has been retained as the deputy, Smriti Mandhana will also look to add to the leadership group with her experience.
Youngsters such as Shefali Verman, Taniya Bhatia have been included whereas Sneh Rana -- who ensured Indian eves drew their one-off Test versus England last year --, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad are also a part of the squad. Jemimah Rodrigues and Shikha Pandey have been left out following unimpressive performances.
India Women's squad for the World Cup 2022:
Mithali Raj (C), Harmanpreet Kaur (VC), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika, Deepti, Richa Ghosh (WK), Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Pooja, Meghna Singh, Renuka Thakur, Taniya Bhatia (WK), Rajeshwari, Poonam Yadav.
The showpiece event will kick off on March 4 -- with hosts NZ taking on West Indies -- whereas the final will be held on April 3. Indian eves will open their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on March 6. A total of 31 matches will be held in the marquee event, including the knockouts.
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