The BCCI on Thursday announced India women’s squad for ICC Womens’ World Cup 2022 and the New Zealand series. One of the biggest surprises was the omission of batter Jemimah Rodrigues, who had been an integral part of the team until India’s last limited-overs assignment in Australia.
Who will lead the Womens’ World Cup 2022?
Mithali Raj will lead the 15-member squad with Harmanpreet Kaur named as her deputy. Shikha Pandey also remains absent in the Indian squad, while Sneh Rana – who impressed with her all-round skills across formats in 2021 retains her place in the side.
Team India play their first World Cup fixture against Pakistan on March 6th, 2022 at the Bay Oval, Tauranga. The squad will also feature in the 5-match ODI series against New Zealand starting from 11th February 2022.
Whom will the Womens’ World Cup 2022 face in the game?
After the game against Pakistan in the Women’s World Cup, India will square off against New Zealand (March 10), West Indies (March 12), England (March 16), Australia (March 19), Bangladesh (March 22), and South Africa (March 27) in the group stage.
The 15-member squad for the Women’s World Cup 2022
Team India for 5 ODIs against NZ & ICC Women’s World Cup, 2022: Mithali Raj (Captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh Thakur, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav.
Who are the stand-by players & absentees in this World Cup?
Standby Players: Sabbhineni Meghana, Ekta Bisht, Simran Dil Bahadur. The BCCI also announced a 16-member squad for a one-off T20I against New Zealand, which will be played on February 9.
Pace bowler Shikha Pandey, in-form batter Jemimah Rodrigues, and Karnataka all-rounder Veda Krishnamurthy are the prominent absentees from the squad.
Squad for the T20I against New Zealand
India Women’s squad for one-off T20I: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Sneh Rana, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh Thakur, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, S. Meghna, Simran Dil Bahadur.
When are the matches?
India will kick-off their World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Bay Oval on March 6. Before the World Cup, the Mithali Raj-led Indian side will play hosts New Zealand. It will be in five-match ODI series that starts on February 11.
BCCI’s statement about the Women’s World Cup 2022
“The All-India Women’s Selection Committee on Wednesday picked the squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022. Team India play their first World Cup fixture against Pakistan on March 6th, 2022 at the Bay Oval, Tauranga. The squad will also feature in the 5-match ODI series against New Zealand. It will start from 11th February 2022,” BCCI issued a statement.