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Cricket news - Veda Krishnamurthy returns for England T20Is

Smriti Mandhana takes over as captain in Harmanpreet Kaur's absence.

India recalled Veda Krishnamurthy for the three-match T20I series against England, which is set to begin on March 4 in Guwahati. Veda's last T20I appearance came in the T20 WC last year where she registered single digit scores in all five games she played. She has also been out of the ODI setup for a while.

Meanwhile, India will continue to miss the services of Harmanpreet Kaur, who recovering from her ankle injury at the NCA. In Harmanpreet's absence, Smriti Mandhana will lead the national side for the first time.

Apart from Veda, there are three more additions to the squad with Komal Zanzad, Bharti Fulmali and Harleen Deol being included in place of Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi and Priya Punia, who were all a part of the team in India's previous T20 assignment in New Zealand.

20-year-old Harleen received her ODI cap in the ongoing series against England, where she made 2 in her only appearance. Batter Bharti and left-arm seamer Komal, who are both uncapped, have been included after playing against England for the Board President's XI in the warm-up clash last week. The second and third T20I will also be played at the same venue on March 7 and 10 respectively.

Squad: Smriti Mandhana (C), Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (WK), Bharti Fulmali, Anuja Patil, Shikha Pandey, Komal Zanzad, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav, Veda Krishnamurty, Harleen Deol

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