Jemimah Rodrigues returns from injury as India name T20 Asia Cup squad
India celebrate a wicket during England tour © Getty Images
India have their 15-member squad for the T20 Asia Cup 2022 that’s scheduled to be played in Bangladesh from October 1 to 15, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Wednesday (September 22). India have retained all the members from the squad that travelled to England for the T20I leg with Jemimah Rodrigues coming back from injury, with Simran Dil Bahadur and Taniya Bhatia named in the standby list from the 17 that lost to England 2-1.
India are the six times champions of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) organised tournament with four ODI trophies and two T20 triumphs. T20 Asia Cup 2018 is the only time they have registered a loss in the competition’s history as they went down against Bangladesh twice including a close final.
Jemimah Rodrigues, who didn’t travel to England despite being named in the squad as she is undergoing rehabilitation for her wrist injury at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), has been named in the 15. The 22-year-old sustained the injury during the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2022 where India won the silver medal.
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Richa Ghosh, who came back into the side for the England tour, will continue to be the first choice wicket-keeper in the side with no other regular keeper named in the 15-member squad. Taniya is in the standby list, while Yastika Bhatia, who has had a good start to her ODI career, remains omitted from the T20I squad after her appearance in the CWG final as the concussion substitute for Taniya.
Dayalan Hemalatha, who made her return to the side after more than 18 months during the England tour, has been retained along with recently capped Kiran Navgire. Pooja Vastrkar, Meghna Singh, and Renuka Singh Thakur will form the pace contingent with Bahadur as the standby.
The seven teams – the hosts Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, UAE, Malaysia, and Thailand – will compete in a single round-robin league format from Ocotber 1 and the top four teams will progress into the semi-final with the final set to be played on October 15.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana (vc), Deepti Sharma, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Sabbineni Meghana, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sneh Rana, Dayalan Hemalatha, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh Thakur, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Radha Yadav, Kiran Navgire
Standby players: Taniya Bhatia, Simran Dil Bahadur