Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur will be leading India’s charge in Sri Lanka © IDI/Getty Images
Allrounder Mona Meshram lost her spot in India’s 14-member squad for the upcoming Women’s World Cup Qualifier matches, which will be played in Colombo from February 3. She was the only player who missed out from the 15-member squad that played West Indies in November 2016, India’s previous ODI assignment. Sukanya Parida and Devika Vaidya, who made their debut in India’s last ODI, retained their place in the squad.
Meshram, who was out on 2 and didn’t bowl in the first ODI against West Indies, was overlooked for the next two matches. After making her debut in June 2012, she managed to score 47 runs in the eight ODIs she played in, with a top score of 22 and a solitary wicket to her name.
India, who blanked West Indies 3-0, are in the middle of a seven-match unbeaten streak that started from the last ODI against Australia in Hobart. Since then, they beat Sri Lanka 3-0 at home before completing a whitewashing of the touring West Indies team.
India start their qualification campaign with a practice match against South Africa on February 5 before their first game of the tournament against Sri Lanka on February 7. The tournament also includes Pakistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Scotland, Thailand and Papua New Guinea. The top four teams qualify for the Women’s World Cup, joining Australia, England, New Zealand and West Indies who automatically qualified through the ICC Women’s Championship. World Cup 2017 will be held from 26 June to 23 July in England.
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Source: ESPN Crickinfo