St. John’s, Antigua, August 26 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Five Barbadians are in an 18-member West Indies Women’s squad for the five-match Twenty20 tour of England, which will be played in a biosecure venue, Incora County Ground, Derby, in September.
The five are all-rounders Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews, fast bowlers Shamilia Connell and Shakera Selman - all experienced players - and medium-pace bowling all-rounder Aaliyah Alleyne, who made her international debut only last year.
One notable omission is veteran Trinidad & Tobago off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, the world’s leading wicket-taker in women’s T20Is, who opted out.
“All players were given the option to decline selection for any Covid-19 related concern. Anisa Mohammed was the only potential selectee who declined the invitation to travel to England. CWI fully respects her decision to choose to do so,” Cricket West Indies said in a release.
Kaysia Schultz is the only uncapped player. Fourteen of the players were part of the West Indies Women’s squad who participated at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia, earlier this year.
The touring party will all be tested for COVID-19 this week, and are scheduled to fly to England on a private charter on August 30.
The squad will live, train and play in a “bio-secure” environment during the four weeks of the tour, as part of the comprehensive medical and operations plans to ensure player and staff safety which will restrict movement in and out of the venues.
Lead Selector for Women’s and Girls’ cricket, Ann Browne-John said: “It is with pleasure that we are able once again to have our West Indies Women's team involved at the International level. This tour to England gives our players a great opportunity. The larger eighteen (18) member squad also gives an opportunity to have young developing players involved; like the two players from Guyana, left-arm bowler Kaysia Shultz and all-rounder Shabika Gajnabi. It also gives the opportunity to the young Trinidadian off spinner Karishma Ramharack to get some international experience.”
CWI’s Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams remarked: “CWI is pleased to be restarting its international women’s program with a tour to England, where the standard of women’s cricket has grown tremendously. We thank the ECB for their invitation and the added opportunity to travel with a larger squad affords us the chance to introduce a few younger players to this level of the game, and fast track their development. With so much uncertainty surrounding cricket scheduling currently, this is a timely opportunity for our women to resume competitive cricket at the highest level.”
West Indies Women are scheduled to arrive in Derby on August 31 and will be based in at the Derbyshire Cricket Ground for the duration of the tour.
The tour will be broadcast here in the Caribbean across ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Play platforms and in the UK on Sky Sports with a live simulcast on both the BBC and Sky Sports for the third T20I.
West Indies squad: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Britney Cooper, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Cherry Ann Fraser, Shabika Gajnabi, Sheneta Grimmond, Chinelle Henry, Lee-Ann Kirby, Hayley Matthews, Natasha McLean, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack, Kaysia Schultz, Shakera Selman.
Management: Andre Coley (interim head coach), Esuan Crandon (assistant coach), Corey Collymore (assistant coach), Dr. Praimanand Singh (doctor/physician), Tajay Grant (physiotherapist), Shayne Cooper (strength & conditioning coach), Nkoyo Meade (massage therapist), Gary Belle (team analyst), Sheena Gooding (interim logistics manager), Naasira Mohammed (media and content officer), Steve Liburd (development coach), Anne Browne-John (lead selector).
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