Calcutta: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday named three Indians, including former captain Mithali Raj, in the team of the tournament of the Womens World Cup.
Fast bowler Amita Sharma and Bengal wrist spinner Priyanka Roy were the other two Indians who found a place in the World XI team. Skipper of the Cup-winning English side and ICC Womens Player of the Year in 2008, Charlotte Edwards, was named captain of the 12-player team.
Four of the eight competing teams in the March 7-22 event were represented in the XII. Five players are from champion England while losing finalist New Zealand has provided three. Fourth-placed Australia has one representation.
The world team was selected by a specially assembled panel of experts, headed by former Australia captain Belinda Clark, which had also picked the player of the tournament.
The side includes five specialist batters — Suzie Bates, Shelley Nitschke, Claire Taylor, Mithali Raj and Charlotte Edwards — an all-rounder in Kate Pulford while Sarah Taylor has been picked as wicketkeeper. The four bowlers include Priyanka and off-spinner Laura Marsh and fast bowlers Katherine Brunt and Amita Sharma. TEAM
Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Shelley Nitschke (Australia), Claire Taylor (England), Mithali Raj (India), Charlotte Edwards (England, captain), Kate Pulford (New Zealand), Sarah Taylor (England, wicket-keeper), Amita Sharma (India), Katherine Brunt (England), Priyanka Roy (India), Laura Marsh (England). 12th woman: Sophie Devine (New Zealand).