Colombo, Sep 25: Reema Malhotra will replace Gouhar Sultana in India women's squad for the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2012 which will start on September 26 (Wednesday) in Galle.
The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Women's WT20 has approved Reema as a replacement player for Sultana, an ICC media release said on Tuesday.
The women's event will be staged in Galle from 26 September to 1 October with the semi-finals and the finals to be played before the men's semi-finals and final at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on 4, 5 and 7 October, respectively.
The confirmation was conveyed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on behalf of the committee. Malhotra will replace Sultana who is suffering from a virus and is unable to compete in the event.
Any injury or illness-based replacement requires a written submission to the event technical committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of the injury or illness. Once replaced, a player may not return to the squad save as an approved subsequent replacement for another injured or ill player.
Thirty-one-year-old Malhotra, a right-handed batter and legbreak spinner from Delhi replaces Sultana who is a slow-left arm orthodox spinner and right-handed batter.
As with all players in the tournament, the eligibility of a replacement player is subject to approval by the ICC before that player can be officially added to the squad.
India women's squad: Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Sulakshana Naik, Jhulan Goswami, Amita Sharma, Shublazmi Sharma, Archana Das, Ekta Bisht, Reema Malhotra, Niranjana Nagarajan, Mona Meshram, Poonam Raut, Anuja Patil, Rasnara Pawin.