India announces selection for Asian Cup women, Harmanpreet Kaur in the lead | Cricket News

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced India’s 15-man roster for the Women’s Asia Cup, which starts in Bangladesh on October 1. Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the team, while Smriti Mandhana will be her deputy. Jemimah Rodrigues, who missed the Indian tour of England with an injury despite being named to the squad, will return for the major continental tournament. Richa Ghosh has been chosen to keep wickets while Renuka Singh, Meghna Singh and Pooja Vastrakar will lead the pace attack.

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India also named two standby players in Taniya Bhatia and Simran Dil Bahadur.

While Mandhana and Shafali Verma will open for India, Sabbineni Meghana, Dayalan Hemalatha and KP Navgire are the other batters to be picked to the side, along with Harmanpreet and Jemimah.

All-rounder Deepti Sharma will of course also contribute to India’s stroke depth, while Radha Yadav, Sneh Rana and Rajeshwari Gayakwad are the spinners in the squad apart from her.

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The Women’s Asia Cup, which is played in the T20 format, starts on October 1.

India kicks off the campaign on opening day against Sri Lanka.

They then play against Malaysia (October 3) and the UAE (October 4) on consecutive days before taking on Pakistan on October 7.

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India squad for Asian Cup Women: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (Vice Captain), Deepti Sharma, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Sabbineni Meghana, Richa Ghosh (wicketkeeper), Sneh Rana, Dayalan Hemalatha, Meghna Singh, Renuka Thakur, Pooja Vastrakar, Ragakwajeshwari Radha Yadav, KP Navgire

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Standby players: Taniyaa Sapna Bhatia, Simran Dil Bahadur

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