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BCCI announces captains of three teams and full squads for upcoming Women's T20 Challenge

Trailblazers had won the previous edition which was held in 2020

Aachal Maniyar Edited by: Aachal Maniyar New Delhi Published on: May 16, 2022 17:22 IST
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Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma are named captains of the three teams Trailblazers, Supernovas and Velocituy for the upcoming Women's T20 Challenge. The tournament will be played in Pune from May 23.

Trailblazers had won the previous edition which was held in 2020.

The BCCI announced 16-member squads for each of three teams. The upcoming edition is expected to be the last one with BCCI planning a full fledged Women's IPL from next year.

Star cricketers Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey are the notable absentees in the squads. According to BCCI official, Mithali and Jhulan have been rested. Both were expected to retire after the World Cup earlier this year but are yet to take a call on their future.

A total of 12 overseas players were also announced for the exhibition event including star South African opener Laura Wolvaardt and world number one bowler Sophie Ecclestone.Thai player Natthakan Chantam will make her second appearance in the competition. The only Australian featuring in the line-ups is leg spinner Alana King while the English cricketers include Ecclestone, Sophia Dunkley and Kate Cross. Bangladesh cricketers Salma Khatun and Sharmin Akhter have also been picked. The West Indians include Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews.South African captain Sune Luus and Wolvaardt will represent Supernovas and Velocity respectively.

Full Squads:

Supernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Taniya Bhatia, Alana King, Ayush Soni, Chandu V, Deandra Dottin, Harleen Deol, Meghna Singh, Monica Patel, Muskan Malik, Pooja Vastrakar, Priya Punia, Rashi Kanojia, Sophie Ecclestone, Sune Luus, Mansi Joshi.

Trailblazers: Smriti Mandhana (captain), Poonam Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Hayley Matthews, Jemimah Rodrigues, Priyanka Priyadarshini, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Renuka Singh, Richa Ghosh, S. Meghana, Saiqa Ishaque, Salma Khatun, Sharmin Akter, Sophia Brown, Sujata Mallik, S.B.Pokharkar.

Velocity: Deepti Sharma (captain), Sneh Rana, Shafali Verma, Ayabonga Khaka, K.P. Navgire, Kathryn Cross, Keerthi James, Laura Wolvaardt, Maya Sonawane, Natthakan Chantham, Radha Yadav, Aarti Kedar, Shivali Shinde, Simran Bahadur, Yastika Bhatia, Pranavi Chandra.

(Inputs from PTI)