Goswami, Malhotra and Sharma to lead in Challengers
Reema Malhotra, Jhulan Goswami and Amita Sharma will lead the three squads for the Women's Challenger Trophy to be played in Ahmedabad from January 2 to 5. The teams have been renamed India Red, India Blue and India Green, keeping in sync with the annual men's tournament.
Goswami (India Green) and Sharma (India Red) had captained teams in the previous edition. Rumeli Dhar, who captained India A last year, makes way for Malhotra, who is now in charge of India Blue. The Indian players have not played as a unit since the World Twenty20 in June.
India B won the tournament in Ahmedabad last October in a low-scoring encounter against India A.
India Red: Amita Sharma (capt), Samantha Lobatto, MD Tirushkamini, Babita Mandlik, Neha Tanwar, Anjum Chopra, Rumeli Dhar, Mamta Kanojia, Diana David, Niranjana, Neha Maji, Reva Arora. Coach/manager - Purnima Rau
India Blue: Reema Malhotra (capt), Anagha Deshpande, Mithali Raj, Latika Kumari, Varsha Chowdhury, Shweta Jadav, Veda Krishnamurthy, Snehal Pradhan, Lalita Sharma, Sapna Randhawa, Kathakali Banerjee, Ekta Bist. Coach/manager - Sandhya Agarwal
India Green: Jhulan Goswami (capt), Sulakshana Naik, Poonam Raut, Priyanka Roy, Harmanpreet Kaur, Asha Rawat, Shikha Pandey, Sonia Dabir, Nishu Chowdhury, Pooja Sharma, Gauhar Sultana, Payal Panchal. Coach/manager - Mithu Mukherjee