Nooshin Al Khadeer recalled for first two ODIs

The offspinner Nooshin Al Khadeer has been recalled to Indian squad for the first two matches of the one-day series against England starting February 19 in Bangalore. Jhulan Goswami will lead the side, and Amita Chopra, like in the 2009 World Cup, will be her deputy.

Al Khadeer, a former No. 1 ranked international bowler, was not part of the World Cup in Australia or India's squad for the World Twenty20 in England last June. From the squad that played the World Cup - which was India's last one-day assignment - the notable absentees are Reema Malhotra, Sulakshana Naik, and Snehal Pradhan.

England, the world champions and World Twenty20 champions, will be playing five one-dayers and three Twenty20 matches. The tour will open with a warm-up match against Board President's XI in Bangalore on February 17. The city will also host the first two ODIs on February 19 and 21. The next two matches have been scheduled for February 24 and 26 in Visakapatnam, with Mumbai's MIG stadium hosting the final ODI.

Squad: Jhulan Goswami (capt), Mithali Raj, Anjum Chopra, Rumeli Dhar, Amita Sharma, Priyanka Roy, Anagha Despande (wk), Poonam Raut, Harmanpreet Kaur, Thirush Kamini, Gouher Sultana, Nooshin Al Khadeer, Preeti Dimri, Sonia Dabir.