Assessment camp on Walsh’s radar
New West Indies Women’s Head Coach, Courtney Walsh, is hopeful that he can hold a camp very soon in order to make a better assessment of the resources at hand.
The former Jamaica and West Indies fast bowler wants more Women’s cricket being played in the region, but with COVID-19 still active in the territories, he is hoping more camps can be held to spot talent.
Speaking at a Virtual briefing on Monday, the West Indies leading Test wicket-taker said he wants to get down to business very soon, and will be meeting with the CWI hierarchy on Tuesday to plot a way forward.
“What I would love to do is get a camp going at the earliest convenience for everyone involved so I can start looking at the players because I don’t want to take word to mouth from other people. I want to look at those players myself and get a good gauge as to where they can go, who (we) need to prolong with, who we need to do specifics with so we can get a bit technical with the players,” Walsh explained.
He hopes the camp or camps can be done before the next series.
While not revealing specifics of his plans, Walsh hinted that due to COVID-19 preventing cricket being played there is the strategy of keeping camps within the territories to spot talent.
Ideally, the aim would be more female cricket at all levels.
Though it was a disastrous tour of England, as the ladies lost all five T20Is, Walsh still believes there is good enough talent within the region to challenge for silverware.
“I think we have a good solid base of players; obviously, we have to perform. Once you’re on the international circuit, you have to perform consistently. Those teams that perform consistently well, get reasonable results. When we were doing well and winning competitions, it was not one person, the team was performing and that’s something we have to get back to.”
The West Indies cricket legend will lead the preparation and development of the Women’s Team at least up until the end of 2022, including competing in the next International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s Cricket World Cup (50 overs) and ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.