St. John’s, Antigua, February 14 – (www.bcacricket.org) - Five Barbadians are in the West Indies Women’s squad for the tour to New Zealand from March 4 to 25.
They are Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews, Shamilia Connell and the Knight twins, Kycia and Kyshona.
Stafanie Taylor, one of the game’s leading all-rounders will again lead the team, while Anisa Mohammed, the experienced off-spinner, is the vice-captain.
West Indies will play three One-Day Internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals during the tour. The series will be a key part of the team’s preparations for the ICC Women’s World T20 tournament in the Caribbean from November 9 to 24.
The World T20 will be the biggest event on the calendar this year for women’s cricketers around the world and matches will be played in Guyana, St Lucia and Antigua. West Indies won the last tournament in India in 2016.
The players will have a preparation camp in Barbados before travelling to New Zealand. During this period, they will have fitness and training sessions. They will arrive in New Zealand on February 22 where they will have another camp before the official start of the series.
Commenting on the squad, chairman Courtney Browne said: “This series is very important one for our team. We played well at home against Sri Lanka last year and we want to continue that momentum. We will be hosting the ICC Women’s World T20 event later this year and as defending champions we will want to put on a good show in front of home supporters and win again. This tour will help us assess where we are and tighten up on those areas that need close attention.
“The original squad included Shakera Selman, one of our most experienced bowlers, but she is unable to make the trip due to injury and has been replaced by Tremayne Smartt. We wish a Shakera a speedy recovery and hope to see her back on the field soon. We welcome back Tremayne into the squad and know she is capable of delivering on the international stage.”
Squad: Stafanie Taylor (Captain), Anisa Mohammed (vice-captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Britney Cooper, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Tremayne Smart.
Sunday, March 3: 1st ODI at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
Thursday, March 8: 2nd ODI at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
Sunday, March 11: 3rd ODI at Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Wednesday, March 14: 1st T20 at McLean Park, Napier
Friday, March 16: 2nd T20 at McLean Park, Napier
Tuesday, March 20: 3rd T20 at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth
Thursday, March 22: 4th T20 at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth
Sunday, March 25: 5th T20 at Seddon Park, Hamilton