Walsh confident West Indies have best combination for Women’s World Cup

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With the West Indies Women 15-member squad selected for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, Head Coach Courtney Walsh believes they have the best combination possible to compete in the pinnacle women’s cricket event.

“We wanted the complete package with regards to batting, bowling, and fielding. The 18 players that we have here is what we as the selectors thought was the best balanced 18, we could take. We have adequate back-up should there be any injuries,” Walsh said.

West Indies Women’s Head Coach, Courtney Walsh

The fast bowling legend highlighted the significance of the recent four-match One-Day International Series in South Africa for the team’s preparations heading into New Zealand.

He added: “It was good seeing some of the girls play really competitive cricket. The confidence that the ladies would have gotten from some of their performances is vital coming into a World Cup, so it was very pleasing to me as a coach. Also, we had a chance to have a closer look at players, how they performed under pressure and in various roles that we assigned them.”

The individual performances during the South Africa series indicates that the team is “heading in the right direction”, according to Walsh. Anisa Mohammed will be participating in her fifth Women’s Cricket World Cup, while captain Stafanie Taylor will be in her fourth.

The two players along with veterans Shemaine Campbelle and Deandra Dottin make up the experienced core of the team.

The inclusion of two uncapped players in the reserves, Kaysia Schultz and Jannellia Glasgow is an indication that with one eye on capitalizing on the current experienced players to win titles, Walsh and the selection panel has the other eye on succession planning for the future of the West Indies Women’s team.

FULL SQUAD: Stafanie Taylor (Captain), Anisa Mohammed (Vice-Captain), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Cherry Ann Fraser, Chinelle Henry, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack, Shakera Selman, Rashada Williams.

Travelling Reserves: Kaysia Schultz, Mandy Mangru, Jannillea Glasgow

West Indies Women ICC Cricket World Cup Match Schedule

** Date and time in brackets, indicate match times for Caribbean fans due to 17-hour time difference between New Zealand and Caribbean

February 27: Practice Match 1 vs Australia at Lincoln Green, Lincoln, 11:00am (February 26, 6:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/5pm Jamaica Time)

March 1: Practice Match 2 vs India at Rangiora Oval, Rangiora, 11:00am (February 28, 6:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/5pm Jamaica Time)

March 4: vs New Zealand at Bay Oval, Tauranga, 2:00pm (March 3, 9:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/ 8:00pm Jamaica Time)

March 9: vs England at University Oval, Dunedin, 11:00am (March 8, 6:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/5pm Jamaica Time)

March 12: vs India at Seddon Park, Hamilton, 2:00pm (March 11, 9:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/ 8:00pm Jamaica Time)

March 15: vs Australia at Basin Reserve, Wellington, 11:00am (March 14, 6:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/5pm Jamaica Time)

March 18: vs Bangladesh at Bay Oval, Tauranga, 11:00am (March 17, 6:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/5pm Jamaica Time)

March 21: vs Pakistan at Seddon Park, Hamilton, 2:00pm (March 20, 9:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/ 8:00pm Jamaica Time)

March 24: vs South Africa at Basin Reserve, Wellington, 11:00am (March 23, 6:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/5pm Jamaica Time)

March 30: Semi-final 1 at Basin Reserve, Wellington

March 31: Semi-final 2 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch

April 3: Final at Hagley Oval, Christchurch (windiescricket)

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