India Name Women's WT20 Squad
India have made several changes to their squad ahead of the ICC Women's World Twenty20, which gets underway in Bangladesh in March.
India's ICC Women's WT20 record
2009: Semi-Finalists (lost to New Zealand)
2010: Semi-Finalists (lost to Australia)
2012: Group stage
India's ICC WT20 2014 Fixtures
24th March: v Sri Lanka
26th March: v England
30th March: v Bangladesh
1st April: v West Indies
Following a disappointing 2-1 home series defeat to Sri Lanka in January and February, seven players involved in that series have dropped.
Into the squad come Latika Kumari, Madhuri Meheta, Sravanthi Naidu, Shika Pandey, Gouher Sultana and Poonam Yadav.
Missing out are Ekta Bist, Anagha Deshpande, Rajeshwari Gaekwad, Veda Krishnamurthy, Nagarajan Niranjana, Poonam Raut and Amita Sharma.
Kumari played one match during the first ICC Women's World Twenty20 in 2009 and has not played for India since.
Meheta played two One-Day Internationals and a Twenty20 International in the West Indies in 2012 and has never played an international in the sub-continent.
Left-arm spinner Naidu is, along with captain Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami and Karuna Jain one of the few players in the squad with a Test match appearance behind her, coming as far back as 2005 and she has never played a Twenty20 International.
She does, however, have 37 T20 appearances behind her and played the last of her four ODIs in 2009.
All-rounder Pandey is uncapped and called up on the back of strong performances in domestic cricket, where she has taken four wickets and scored 162 runs this season.
The experienced slow bowler Sultana returns to the squad having missed the Sri Lanka series while leg-spinner Poonam Yadav made her one and only T20 appearance for India against Bangladesh last year.
India reached the semi-finals in 2009 and 2010 before finishing at the bottom of their group in 2012 posting losses against Australia, England and Pakistan.
This time around, they play hosts Bangladesh, 2009 winners England, get a chance to avenge their series defeat to Sri Lanka, and the West Indies.
The tournament starts on 23rd March.
India ICC Women's World T20 squad: Mithali Raj (captain),Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-vaptain), Soniya Dabir, Jhulan Goswami, Karuna Jain, Latika Kumari, Smriti Mandhana, Madhuri Meheta, Sravanthi Naidu, Shikha Pandey, Shubhalakshmi Sharma, Gouher Sultana, V.R. Vanitha, Poonam Yadav
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