India Women’s Tour of England: Shafali Verma Gets Maiden ODI Call Up, Shikha Pandey Returns

Shafali Verma got her maiden One-Day International call up while Shikha Pandey was recalled as selectors named the India Women squads for the one-off Test match, ODI and T20I series against England in England.

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Mithali Raj will lead the Test and ODI squads, while Harmanpreet Kaur stays T20I captain. Mithali will have to work with new coach Ramesh Powar, with whom she had a public tussle after the 2018 T20 World Cup.

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In a decision that was slammed by fans and critics, India’s selectors had dropped pacer Shikha Pandey and dashing opener Shafali (for the ODIs) for the recent home series against South Africa. India ended up losing both the ODI and T20I series.

Indrani Roy, the uncapped Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batter, gets her maiden call-up. Keeper-bat Taniya Bhatia, who was left out of the series against South Africa, is back as well.

The tour takes placed between June 16 and July 15. The one-off Test begins on June 16, after which the ODIs and T20Is follow. India last played a Test in November 2014, against South Africa in Mysore.

On Thursday, India appointed Ramesh Powar as coach replacing WV Raman.

Squad for Test & ODI : 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.

Squad for T20I : 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, Simaran Dil Bahadur.

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