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Shafali Verma receives maiden ODI, Test call-up as India announce squad for England tour

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Shafali Verma, the India opener, was handed her maiden ODI and Test call-up on Friday (14 May) as the BCCI announced India's squads for the limited-overs tour of England next month.

Indrani Roy was another uncapped batter being awarded her first international call-up as India announced a 21-member squad for the tour.

Shikha Pandey and Taniya Bhatia also returned to the side, having missed out for the home series against South Africa, but Rajeshwari Gayakwad was left out of the squad as she continue her rehabilitation from a knee injury.

Verma's inclusion in the Test and ODI squad means she continues her meteoric rise through the ranks. It follows a fine run of form in the T20Is against South Africa, during which her match-winning 60 in the final match helped India avoid the cleansweep.

Sushma Verma, Sweta Verma, and Nuzhat Parween, the three wicketkeepers part of the limited-overs squads for the South Africa series, were left out of the squad, while Sneh Rana, who made the last of 12 international appearances in 2016, earned a return to the international set-up, being included in the squads for all three formats.

England will host India for a one-off Test starting 16 June, which will be followed by three ODIs and as many T20Is in a tour that goes on till 15 July. 

Test & ODI squad: Mithali Raj (c), Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Punam Raut, Priya Punia, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia, Indrani Roy, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav.

T20I squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (c) Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Richa Ghosh, Harleen Deol, Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia, Indrani Roy, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav, Simran Dil Bahadur.

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