The India Women’s squad for their upcoming tour of the West Indies has been announced and it features only one new name, with wicket keeper Sushma Verma added to the ODI side. With the exception of Verma’s addition, both ODI and T20 squads remain the same as the ones announced to play South Africa at home. India currently lead the T20 series against the Proteas 1-0, with the ODI’s yet to be played.
Verma’s inclusion could be seen as India requiring a backup wicket keeper on a long overseas tour- Taniya Bhatia is currently the national team’s first choice behind the wickets.
This is India’s first tour of the West Indies since 2012. They lost both the T20 and ODI series on that visit, going down 2-1 in the ODI’s and 3-2 in the T20’s.
India were captained by Anjum Chopra on that 2012 tour. Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur both played then, with the former now captaining India in the ODI’s and the latter at the helm of affairs in the T20 format.
Despite the near eight-year long gap between the two tours, conditions in the Caribbean will not be totally alien to India- the region also hosted the T20 Women’s World Cup last year. India won all four games in their group, including ones against eventual champions Australia and a strong New Zealand side, only to go down to England in their semi-final.
The ODI series against the Windies starts on November 1 in Antigua, with the other two one day internationals set to be played on the 3rd and 6th of November respectively. The T20 series will be played in St.Lucia (November 9, 10) and Guyana (November 14, 17, 20).
Raj, Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy are the only survivors from that 2012 squad for the visitors.
This tour could result in several key members of the squad- Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues, having to withdraw from the Women’s Big Bash League as the two events will clash with each other.