St. John’s, Antigua, January 22 - (www.bcacricket.org ) - Five Barbadians are in the West Indies 15-member squad for the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia, February 21- March 8.
They are experienced all-rounders Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews, seasoned fast bowlers Shamilia Connell and Shakera Selman and rookie medium-pace bowling all-rounder Aaliyah Alleyne.
Dottin returns to international cricket after an absence of eight months due to a right shoulder injury, which required corrective surgery and rehabilitation.
Chief selector Ann Browne-John, said the team, captained by Jamaican all-rounder Stafanie Taylor, “was a complete balance of experienced and new players”.
“The World Cup squad continues to show a blend of experience and young emerging players. It is boosted by the return of captain Stafanie Taylor who was out of the T20 series against India through injury. We are also pleased to welcome back Deandra Dottin who made such a big impact on International cricket in the past few years until she was sidelined by injury. The two experienced fast bowlers Connell and Selman who have also been on the injured list are now are back in the squad.
“Lee Ann Kirby returns to the team after an extended absence but she has shown herself to be a prolific scorer. In addition, the introduction of the young fast bowler Cherry Ann Fraser is ideal for the Australian pitches which are generally fast with some bounce. The team has the experience and talent to excel at the World Cup,” Browne-John said.
West Indies, who were the 2016 champions, will play Pakistan in three warm-up matches in Brisbane ahead of the official start of the World Cup.
Squad: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Anisa Mohammed (vice-captain), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Sheneta Grimmond, Chinelle Henry, Lee-Ann Kirby, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Shakera Selman.
Management: Everil Lewis (manager), Augustine Logie (head coach), Courtney Walsh (assistant coach), Rayon Griffith ( assistant coach/fielding coach), Matthew Parchment (physiotherapist), Shayne Cooper (strength and conditioning coach), Gary Belle (analyst), Naasira Mohammed (media officer).
West Indies v Thailand February 22, WACA, Perth
West Indies v Pakistan February 26, Manuka Oval, Canberra
West Indies v England March 1, Sydney Showground, Sydney
West Indies v South Africa March 3, Sydney Showground, Sydney.
Semi Final 1 & 2 March 5, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Final March 8, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne