St John’s (Antigua), Jan 15 (MNN) Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Saturday named an 18-member women’s squad for the ODI series against South Africa from January 25 to February 7.
The touring One Day International squad sees a return of Afy Fletcher, experienced leg-spinner and right-handed batter, from maternity leave.
Three uncapped players make the grade: Kaysia Schultz, a left arm orthodox bowler; Mandy Mangru, a right-handed batter; and Jannillea Glasgow, a right-arm medium pacer. All three were members of West Indies women’s A team that played Pakistan last year.
Ann Browne-John, CWI’s Lead Selector for Women’s cricket, said: “The South Africa series comes at an opportune time as the team prepares for the upcoming World Cup. The squad has been preparing and building during the past year, even with the limitations caused by the pandemic and hopefully they can put it all together.
The return of the experienced Afy Fletcher brings added variety to the bowling particularly with the absence of Qiana Joseph who has been ruled out due to injury.”
Browne-John added: “In our drive to continue the expansion of our player pool, the panel has included three young, uncapped players. Exposure to international cricket at this time will most certainly give them the experience and match time needed to develop and grow their individual talents . The panel believes that this blend of youth and experience will work well as we continue our preparations for the World Cup.”
The West Indies Women are due to land in South Africa on January 16, where they will have a training camp ahead of the warm-up and four-match ODI series against the Proteas Women.
Squad: Stafanie Taylor (Captain), Anisa Mohammed (Vice Captain), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Cherry Ann Fraser, Jannillea Glasgow, Chinelle Henry, Kycia Knight, Mandy Mangru, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack, Kaysia Schultz, Shakera Selman, Rashada Williams
Fixtures (all matches at Imperial Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg):
Day matches start 10am local time (4am Eastern Caribbean/3am Jamaica)
Day/night matches start 2pm local time (8am Eastern Caribbean/7am Jamaica)
January 25: warm-up match – vs South Africa XI (day)
January 28: 1st ODI (day/night)
January 31: 2nd ODI (day)
February 3: 3rd ODI (day/night)
February 6: 4th ODI (day)