India’s home series against South Africa will not only mark the resumption of women’s cricket in the country but also serve as a preparation for next year’s World Cup. And it seems the selection committee has decided to check the bench strength by including rookie right-arm medium pacers C. Prathyusha and Monica Patel – in place of the seasoned Shikha Pandey.
Soon after the squads were announced on Saturday, Pandey’s exclusion had raised eyebrows but Sportstar understands that the new selection committee led by Neetu David wanted to gauge the bench strength.
“The selection committee thought it was the best time to test the bench strength since it was a home series. There is still some time left for the World Cup, so this series will help them get a fair idea where things stand,” a BCCI insider told Sportstar.