Controversy against South Africa over Shikha Pandey not getting a place in the team, Harmanpreet Kaur clarified


Lucknow: A series of five one-day and three T20 international matches are to be played between the women’s cricket team of India and the team of South Africa. The first ODI will be played on Sunday. After about 12 months, the team will return to competitive cricket.

Shikha Pandey did not get a place in the team

One-day and T20 teams have been announced and star bowler Shikha Pandey has not been given a place in both teams.

Controversy has started over Shikha Pandey not being included in the team. This decision of the team management has created a stir in women’s cricket. Harmanpreet Kaur, the vice-captain of the Indian women’s ODI team, has given her reaction on this matter.

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Harmanpreet gave clarification

Harmanpreet Kaur said that it was a ‘difficult decision’ not to keep veteran fast bowler Shikha Pandey in the squad for the upcoming limited-over series against South Africa but they have not been ruled out.

India’s T20 team captain Harmanpreet Kaur said, “I know it was a difficult decision, sometimes you need to give other players a chance”.

He said, ‘They have not been eliminated, sometimes you have to take chances and after this tournament we will be able to decide our combination because we have to play a lot of cricket in the next two-three years’.

Shikha Pandey has played 52 ODIs and 50 T20 Internationals for India in which he has taken 73 and 36 wickets respectively.

Return to cricket after a long time

Talking about the upcoming series, Harmanpreet Kaur said that despite being away from the game for so long there is no problem and she would like to gain her confidence by performing well against South Africa.

He said, ‘I know it was a long break, sometimes things are not under your control. I hope we will do well in the tournament.

Harmanpreet Kaur said, ‘Every tournament is important and South Africa is definitely a team that has done very well in the last two years, it is beneficial for us to play against them and gain confidence because we have been around for a long time. Playing after ‘.


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