Sushma Verma returns to India squad for West Indies tour

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Wicket-keeper Sushma Verma, who last played for India in April 2018, has been named in the 16-member women's one-day international squad for the tour of the West Indies in October-November.

She is the only addition to the Mithali Raj-led contingent that will play South Africa in three ODIs in early October.

For the five Twenty20 Internationals against West Indies, the selectors went with the same squad chosen for the first three T20Is of the ongoing series against South Africa. This gives young picks Shafali Verma and Harleen Deol a longer rope to prove themselves, with the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 coming up in February-March next year.

Sushma has fought her way back into the side on the back of runs in domestic cricket, where she was the second-highest run-getter in the senior T20 competition.

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India travel to the Caribbean soon after their campaign against South Africa. They are set to arrive on 28 October, ahead of the first ODI on 1 November, coinciding with Antigua's Independence Day.

All three ODIs will be played in Antigua, on 1, 3 and 6 November, and will count towards the ICC Women's Championship. India are currently third on the table, while West Indies are seventh, having won just five of their 18 games.

The T20Is will be played in St Lucia on 9 and 10 November, before the teams move to Guyana for the remaining matches on 14, 17 and 20 November. The matches come almost exactly a year after the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2018 at the same venue, and give West Indies a chance to bounce back from their sweep at the hands of the visiting Australians.

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The scheduling means that India's players are unlikely to feature in the Women's Big Bash League in Australia this season.

ODI squad: Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur (vc), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Punam Raut, D Hemalatha, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Mansi Joshi, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Priya Punia, Sushma Verma (wk).

T20I squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana (vc), Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Veda Krishnamurthy, Anuja Patil, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Mansi Joshi, Arundhati Reddy.

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