Raj, Bisht, Harmanpreet selected in ICC women's ODI teams of the year
Dubai: India captain Mithali Raj was on Thursday named in the ICC Women's ODI Team of the Year while left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht was the lone cricketer to find a place in the both the ODI and T20 Teams of the year announced by the world body.
Besides the duo, Harmanpreet Kaur has found out a place in the ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year.
The ICC announced the women's ODI and T20I teams of the year with England's Heather Knight named as captain of the 50-over side and Stafanie Taylor of the West Indies appointed skipper of the 20-over side. The teams were selected taking into consideration player performances from September 21, 2016 to date.
Bisht is the only cricketer to feature in both the ODI and T20I teams of the year. The 31-year-old from Uttarakhand is ranked 14th in ODIs and 12th in T20Is, and took 34 wickets in 19 matches and 11 wickets in seven T20Is in the period under consideration.
Knight was named captain after she inspired her side to a stunning ICC Women's World Cup victory in front of a packed Lord's on July 23 in what was a game-changer for women's cricket. While the world's top-ranked T20I batter Taylor was given the nod as captain of the ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year, introduced as part of the ICC's commitment to enhance the profile of women's cricket and bring greater equity with the men's game.