On Wednesday, The BCCI announced a 15-member squad for the Women's Asia Cup T20 tournament, that takes place from October 1-15 in Bangladesh. Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the side with Smriti Mandhana being named as he deputy.
New Delhi: On Wednesday, The BCCI announced a 15-member squad for the Women’s Asia Cup T20 tournament, that takes place from October 1-15 in Bangladesh. Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the side with Smriti Mandhana being named as he deputy. India will face Sri Lanka in their opening match. Taniya Bhatia and Simran Dil Bahadur have been named as the two standby players in the squad.
Asian Cricket Council President Jay Shah had announced that India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan on 7 October in the Women’s T20 Asia Cup starting in Sylhet, Bangladesh next month. Seven teams will participate in the 15-day tournament starting from October 1. The tournament will be in a round robin format, with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals.
The teams playing in the tournament are India, Pakistan, hosts Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, UAE, Thailand and Malaysia. Afghanistan has not had a women’s team since the Taliban took power.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a release, “The All-India Women’s Selection Committee has picked India’s squad for the upcoming ACC Women’s T20 Championship 2022 to be played at Sylhet, Bangladesh from 1st to 15th October.”
The semifinals will be played on October 13 with the summit clash scheduled on October 15. India had lost 1-2 to England in the three-T20 series.
India will start their campaign against Sri Lanka on the first day. They will play Malaysia (October 3) and UAE (October 4) consecutively before taking on Pakistan. India will play hosts Bangladesh on October 8 and will play against Thailand on October 10 in a round-robin match. The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side will play six league matches in 10 days before a possible semi-final on October 11 or 13. The final match will be played on 15 October.
Here’s the full squad:
India’s squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Deepti Sharma, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Sabbineni Meghana, Richa Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Sneh Rana, Dayalan Hemalatha, Meghna Singh, Renuka Thakur, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Radha Yadav, K.P. Navgire
Standby players: Taniyaa Sapna Bhatia, Simran Dil Bahadur.