Captain of India’s T20 women’s cricket team, Harmanpreet Kaur, will not play in the ODI series against England due to an ankle injury.

According to a media release from BCCI, the 29-year-old ODI vice-captain suffered the injury after returning from New Zealand. She is not able to participate fully in the team training session because of the pain.

The T20 captain will now head to National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for her rehabilitation

According to reports, due to Harmanpreet’s injury, 20-year-old all-rounder Harleen Deol will get a chance to play in the team. She batted at No.4 for the Indian Board President’s XI against England in a warm-up game.

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The ODI series forms part of the ICC Women’s Championship, and Harmanpreet’s absence is going to effect the team for sure. Harmanpreet averages 34.52 with the bat in ODIs and climbed up three places to claim the 3rd position in ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings late last year. She was the second highest run-scorer in the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20

The all-rounder Harmanpreet played a key role in India’s march to the Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 final, where she scored an unbeaten 171 against Australia in the semi-final.

She captained brilliantly throughout the ICC Women’s World T20 but ended up having a controversial semi-final against England last year when Mithali Raj was excluded from playing.

Harmanpreet has become the second Indian cricketer to play in the Kia Super League. Smriti Mandhana was the first to play in KIA, when she joined defending champions Western Storm earlier in June 2018

In 2016, Harmanpreet Kaur was the first Indian player to sign the Big Bash League contract. She was slated to play for the Surrey Stars in last year’s competition. But she missed out because a shoulder injury she sustained in the 2017 World Cup.

The ODI series will run from February 22 to 28. All the matches will be played at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

The squad comprises: Mithali Raj (Captain), Jhulan Goswami, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), R Kalpana (wicket-keeper), Mona Meshram, Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Mansi Joshi, Punam Raut, Harleen Deol.

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