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October 17, 2012
Wicketkeeper batsman Sunitha Anand is the only new name in the 15-member India's Twenty20 squad for the upcoming Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup scheduled to take place in Guangzhou, China from October 24. Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur will continue in their role as the captain and the vice-captain.
India is placed in Group A with Hong Kong, Pakistan and Thailand, while Bangladesh, China, Nepal and Sri Lanka are in Group B. Two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals to be played on October 30. The final will be played the next day. All the matches will be played at the Guanggong International Cricket Stadium in Guangzhou, the venue for the 2010 Asian Games.
Squad: Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Ekta Bisht, Archana Das, Jhulan Goswami, Reema Malhotra, Mona Meshram, Sulakshana Naik, Nagarajan Niranjana, Rasanara Parwin, Anuja Patil, Poonam Raut, Amita Sharma, Shubhlakshmi Sharma, Sunitha Anand
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