THE Selection Panel of the West Indies Cricket Board has named a 15-member squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup from June 24 to July 23 in England.
The squad reads: Stafanie Taylor (Captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, DeandraDottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman and Felicia Walters.
Making their maiden trip with the squad are Boyce, a 19-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman from regional champions Trinidad and Tobago; Joseph, a 16-year-old fast bowler from Saint Lucia; Peters, a 23-year-old left-handed all-rounder from Grenada; and Walters, a 25-year-old opening batsman and part-time spin bowler, also from Trinidad and Tobago.
On the composition of the squad, Chairman of the Selection Panel Courtney Browne said: “The team is composed of a mixture of youth and experience. Performances in this year’s Women’s Regional Super50 Tournament along with the form of incumbent players over the last few international tours were taken into consideration.”
On the inclusion of four uncapped players in the squad, the panel felt that, “We have enough experience in the side and that all four players bring a specific skill-set to the team. It should also be noted that all four players are products of our last training camp for emerging women’s players held last year. We also feel at this time that these players, although not as experienced, have shown improvement and can add value to our squad. We would encourage those who missed out to continue working and improving their skills, so that they can be considered for future tours.”
On the return of left-handed all-rounder Shanel Daley: “Shanel’s ability as a player has never been in question. She, however, had some injury issues over the last few years. Those issues are now under control and our medical personnel, as well as Oba Gulston, the physiotherapist for the women’s team, will continue to monitor and manage her.”
Browne also confirmed that all-rounder ShaquanaQuintyne was not considered for selection, due to injury.
ICC Women’s World Cup – Schedule of Matches – West Indies Women. June 26: Australia vs West Indies — County Ground, Taunton. June 29: West Indies vs India — County Ground, Taunton. July 2: South Africa vs West Indies — Grace Road, Leicester. July 6: New Zealand vs West Indies — County Ground, Taunton. July 9: West Indies vs Sri Lanka — County Ground, Derby. July 11: West Indies vs Pakistan — Grace Road, Leicester. July 15: England vs West Indies — County Ground, Bristol.
Semi-final 1, July 18 — County Ground, Bristol.Semifinal 2, July 20: County Ground, Derby. Final, July 23: Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 — Lord’s, London.