Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht and Shafali Verma returned to the India women’s cricket team for its tour of England. Mithali Raj has been retained captain of the Test and ODI squads.
While Pandey and Bisht were out of the home series against South Africa in March, Verma was not picked for the ODI series. However, on Friday, the selection committee – headed by Neetu David – decided to bring back all the three cricketers for all the three formats.
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The selection panel drew flak for dropping the two in the home series, which India lost, and ahead of the England tour, the panel wanted to take the tried and tested side. While new coach Ramesh Powar was part of the meeting virtually, the committee decided not to experiment much – a move that backfired against South Africa.
With Powar back as the head coach, there was…