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West Indies name 18-woman squad for England tour

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The West Indies Women’s squad for the tour of England has been announced, a total of 18 players have been picked for the 5-match T20 series.

Among uncapped players to receive a call-up to the squad is Guyanese left-arm spinner Kaysia Schultz. Other than Schultz, fellow Guyana all-rounder Shabika Gajnabi and off-spinner Karishma Ramharack from Trinidad are expected to gain vital international experience on the tour.

Other than that, the squad, led by spin-bowling all-rounder Stafanie Taylor, includes 14 of the 15 members who represented West Indies in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup earlier this year.

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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.

According to Cricket West Indies, 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, a decision which was fully respected by the board.

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Ann Browne-John, chief selector for Women’s and Girls’ Cricket, 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.”

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Jimmy Adams, director of Cricket West Indies, 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.”

Squad:

Stafanie Taylor (c), Afy Fletcher, Hayley Matthews, Aaliyah Alleyne, Cherry Ann Fraser, Natasha McClean, Shemaine Campbelle, Shabika Gajnabi, Chedean Nation, Britney Cooper, Sheneta Grimmond, Karishma Ramharack, Shamilia Connell, Chinelle Henry, Kaysia Schultz, Deandra Dottin, Lee Ann Kirby, Shakera Selman.