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December 31, 2012
Wicketkeeper-batsman Karu Jain and allrounder Thirush Kamini have been included in India's 15-member squad for the Women's World Cup to be held in Mumbai. Offspinner Archana Das, who debuted in February 2012 and played nine ODIs this year, has been left out.
Twenty-seven-year-old Jain last played an ODI more than four years ago, on India's tour of England. Kamini's last ODI appearance was also against England, in February 2010.
The team will be led by Mithali Raj, who was also the captain of the side during the 2005 World Cup in South Africa; India had then finished as the runners-up, their best showing in this tournament.
India are placed in Group A along with West Indies, Sri Lanka and three-time champions England. They play their first match against West Indies on January 31 at the Wankhede Stadium.
Squad: Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Ekta Bisht, Karu Jain, Jhulan Goswami, Reema Malhotra, Mona Meshram, Sulakshana Naik, Nagarajan Niranjana, Rasanara Parwin, Poonam Raut, Amita Sharma, Shubhlakshmi Sharma, Thirush Kamini, Gouher Sultana
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