The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the squad for the upcoming Women’s Asia Cup 2022, which will begin on October 1. Harmanpreet Kaur will captain the 15-man team in Bangladesh. Taniya Bhatia and Simran Dil Bahadur have been added as backups.
India’s first match will be against Sri Lanka on the first day, followed by a match against archrival Pakistan on October 7.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah in a release said: “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”.
Jay Shah was overjoyed and predicted that the participation of seven women’s teams in a full round-robin format would be a huge boost for the ACC associate teams. As icing on the cake, the tournament will be held in accordance with the ACC’s vision for women’s cricket.
He also added, “The ACC, with this vision in mind, is constantly striving toward being more inclusive. The 2022 edition of the Women’s Asia Cup will therefore see more embedded female participation. For the first time ever, an ACC tournament will see an all-female presence on the playing field, with the women’s tournament being slated to have only female umpires and female match referees. As an organization, we hope to continue to take steps to strengthen the sport by highlighting female talent in every avenue”.
Date for final clash
The seven teams will be competing in a round-robin format including hosts Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and UAE to make it to the top-four and the semifinal stages. The semifinals will take place on October 13 with the final clash scheduled on October 15.
Squad of 15 members
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, KP Navgire.