St. John’s, Antigua, September 13 - (www.bcacricket.org) – Six Barbadians are in an 18-member West Indies Women’s squad for a training camp in Trinidad from September 25 to October 4 in preparation for an upcoming home series against Sri Lanka Women.
The six are Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, twins Kycia and Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews and Shakera Selman.
The availability of fast bowlers Connell and Selman, however, will be subject to clearance from the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Medical Panel, according to chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne.
Connell and Selman both suffered tournament-ending injuries during the recent ICC Women’s World Cup in England.
Selman was sidelined following a blow to the head while fielding against Australia Women at Taunton, where Connell also suffered a hip injury against India Women a few days later.
All of the players who were chosen for the World Cup, along with batsman Britney Cooper, have been invited to the training camp which will be conducted under the direction of interim head coach, Hendy Springer, who is a former Barbados off-spinner and interim assistant coach Gus Logie, the former Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies middle order batsman.
Commenting on the squad, Browne said: “Our women’s player pool in the Caribbean is quite small compared to other countries, and our regional tournaments do not always produce the kind of consistent batting and bowling aggregates and averages we would relish. Hence, we rely on using strategic camps like this to give our high performance coaches time to help the players with their development.
“Coming out of the camp, the Selection Panel expects keen competition for final selection, and will focus attention on players with a healthy attitude and willingness to work hard, improve fitness and team work, as we seek to restore confidence in our side following the disappointing results at the Women’s World Cup.”
A final 13 will be selected for the three ODIs, three T20 series against Sri Lanka, scheduled for Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua. Dates for the tour are still to be announced.
Squad: Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Subrina Munroe, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor, Felicia Walters.