Harmanpreet ruled out of England ODIs

India’s women’s cricket team suffered a big blow with Harmanpreet Kaur being ruled out because of recurring ankle injury.

The national selectors have called up Harleen Deol as Harmanpreet’s replacement.   -  Reuters Photo

Ahead of the ODI series against England, India women’s cricket team suffered a big blow with Harmanpreet Kaur being ruled out because of recurring ankle injury.

Harmanpreet's injury aggravated a few days ago while training with her coach, Manish Bali, in Patiala. She, however, was in Mumbai and even trained with the team on Tuesday, but after a while it was assessed that she isn't fit yet.

Later in the day, she underwent a scan, which revealed a grade-2 tear in the left ankle. She will soon be going to National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru for rehabilitation.

The BCCI confirmed that the national selectors have called up Harleen Deol as Harmanpreet’s replacement.

The 20-year-old Harleen, who has been called up for the series, is an all-rounder and was part of the Board President’s XI, which played a warm-up game against England last Monday.

In that fixture, she chipped in with a knock of 21. Though she bowled six overs, Deol conceded 40 runs and went wicket-less. The selectors have chosen as the replacement because of her all-round abilities.

Harmanpreet, who is India’s skipper in the T20Is, is most likely to miss that series as well. When the selectors meet here on February 25 to pick the squad for the shortest format, they could consider Smriti Mandhana as the skipper for the T20I series.