Five Guyanese in West Indies Women’s squad for England tour
Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel has named an 18-member T20I squad for the Sandals West Indies Women’s Tour of England 2020. The West Indies Women will play five T20 Internationals against England Women from September 21-30, at the Incora County Ground, Derby.
The touring party, who will all be tested for COVID-19 this week, are scheduled to fly to England on a private charter on August 30.
Five Guyanese- Shemaine Campbelle, Cherry Ann Fraser, Shabika Gajnabi, Sheneta Grimmond and Kaysia Shultz- have made the cut.
The West Indies Women’s 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.
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.
Kaysia Schultz is the only uncapped played in the squad. Fourteen players of the touring party were part of the West Indies Women’s squad that participated at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia, earlier this year.
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 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 told CWI Media, “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 invitiation 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 WOMEN’S TEAM MANAGEMENT UNIT
- Andre Coley Interim Head Coach
- Esuan Crandon Assistant Coach
- Corey Collymore Assistant Coach
- Dr. Praimanand Singh Team Doctor/Physician
- Tajay Grant Physiotherapist
- Shayne Cooper S&C Coach
- Nkoyo Meade Massage Therapist
- Gary Belle Team Analyst
- Sheena Gooding Interim Team Logistics Manager
- Naasira Mohammed Media and Content Officer
- Steve Liburd Development Coach
- Ann Browne-John Lead Selector
Monday September 21: 1st Vitality IT20, England v West Indies
Wednesday September 23: 2nd Vitality IT20, England v West Indies
Saturday September 26: 3rd Vitality IT20, England v West Indies
Monday September 28: 4th Vitality IT20, England v West Indies
Wednesday September 30: 5th Vitality IT20, England v West Indies