Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced an 18-member squad for their upcoming T20I series against England. Youngster Kaysia Schultz has earned her maiden call-up. They will play a five-match T20I series from September 21-30, at the Incora County Ground in Derby.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 Test will take place this week as the team will fly to England on a private charter on August 30. And, the team will train and play in a “bio-secure” environment during the tour, to ensure the safety of players and staff which will restrict the movement at the venues.
However, all the players were given the option to decline the selection amid this crunch time of COVID-19. Veteran spinner Anisa Mohammed has, however, decided not to travel to England. On the other hand, Kaysia Schultz is the only uncapped player in the squad.
Ann Browne-John, Lead 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.”
Jimmy Adams, CWI’s Director of Cricket said to 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 invitation 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 will reach Derby on August 31 and will stay at the Derbyshire Cricket Ground during the tour.
West Indies Squad
Stafanie Taylor (C), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Britney Cooper, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Shabika Gajnabi, Sheneta Grimmond, Chinelle Henry, Lee-Ann Kirby, Hayley Matthews, Natasha McLean, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack, Kaysia Schultz, Shakera Selman
September 21: 1st Vitality T20I, England v West Indies
September 23: 2nd Vitality T20I, England v West Indies
September 26: 3rd Vitality T20I, England v West Indies
September 28: 4th Vitality T20I, England v West Indies
September 30: 5th Vitality T20I, England v West Indies