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Senior Women’s Challenger Trophy: Full squads, Fixtures & Preview: All you need to know

Senior Women’s Challenger Trophy
Senior Women’s Challenger Trophy
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With the lead-up for the 2022 Women's ODI World Cup set to begin, the Indian domestic players will fine-tune their skills in the quadrangular Senior Women’s Challenger Trophy.

The competition will be played at Dr. Gokaraju Laila Ganga Raju ACA Cricket Complex-DVR Ground, Vijayawada from December 4 to 9.

The All-India Women's Selection Committee has picked four teams to compete in the Senior Women's Cricket Challenger Trophy 2021-22. The Teams are named India A, India B, India C and India D and will be captained by India players Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia, Shikha Pandey and Pooja Vastrakar respectively.

"We have played three best teams since March and it has given us good preparation," Indian ODI captain Mithali Raj recently said at an event. "Players have played domestic cricket and also in the Women's Big Bash so they are getting game time which is the most important thing. We are getting to play in New Zealand before the World Cup which is also good. When you play against a strong team in its backyard you try to give your best. Though we lost the series, the matches were very close. We scored 270 (274) and chased 270-odd, if we can do that consistently we will be among the best sides in world cricket."

"We bat as a unit so you can't pinpoint one area," Raj added. "There are times when the top order failed and the others performed. As a unit if we look to post a good total then it will help. If we focus on one area like middle order then it becomes too much of a burden for that particular slot. There were not enough expectations back then. Now in 2021, players have got experience and got a lot of exposure with the T20 leagues. Overall we have young players but they have got enough exposure. It is just a matter of gelling well as a team."

The eight Indian players (except Radha Yadav) who took part in the Women's Big Bash League have been rested. Senior players Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami who are likely to have their swansong in the upcoming World Cup will also not take part in the tournament.

Squads

India A: Sneh Rana (c), Shivali Shinde, Lakshmi Yadav, Vrinda Dinesh, Jhansi Lakshmi, Yastika Bhatia, Sushree Divyadarshani, Mehak Kesar, B Anusha, SS Kalal, Ganga W, DD Kasat, Renuka Singh, Simran Dil Bahadur, MD Sonawane

India B: Taniya Bhatia (c), Anju Tomar, Riya Chaudhary, Palak Patel, Shubha Satish, Harleen Deol, Humeira Kazi, Chandu V Ram, Rashi Kanojiya, G Trisha, Soumya Tiwari, Meghna Singh, Sarala Devi, Saima Thakoor, Ramyashri

India C: Shikha Pandey (c), Muskan Malik, Sweta Verma, Shipra Giri, Tarannum Pathan, Arti Devi, Radha Yadav, C Prathyusha, Anushka Sharma, Kashvee Gautam, Priyanka Garkhede, RR Saha, Priya Punia, Aishwarya

India D: Pooja Vastrakar (c), Amanjot Kaur, Indrani Roy, K Prathyoosha, S Meghana, Divya G, Ayushi Soni, Kanika Ahuja, Keerthi James, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Sanjula Naik, Monica Patel, Ashwini Kumari, Pooja Raj, Saika Ishaque.

Fixtures:

Senior Women’s Challenger Trophy One Day Match 2021-22

Match

Dates

Stage

Venue

India A vs India B

04-12-2021

League

Vijayawada

India C vs India D

04-12-2021

League

Vijayawada

India A vs India C

05-12-2021

League

Vijayawada

India B vs India D

05-12-2021

League

Vijayawada

India A vs India D

07-12-2021

League

Vijayawada

India B vs India C

07-12-2021

League

Vijayawada

Team 1 vs Team 2

09-12-2021

Final

Vijayawada

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