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.