Stafanie Taylor opts out of Windies Women T20I tour of Pakistan
West Indies Women captain Jamaican Stafanie Taylor has opted out of the upcoming tour of Pakistan after the Caribbean side agreed to play in three T20I matches in Karachi.
International cricket was suspended in Pakistan in March 2009 due to security fears after terrorists had attacked the vehicles carrying the Sri Lankan team and match officials to the Gaddafi stadium.
However, international cricket returned to the country in May 2015 but there has been little action
The tour of Pakistan is part of Cricket West Indies’ continued support to bring international cricket back home to the country.
A release from CWI stated that following the detailed security plan from the PCB and the independent security assessment from Eastern Star International (ESI), Taylor opted out but will join the team for the ICC Women’s Championship One-Day Internationals (ODI) in Dubai.
Merissa Aguilleira will take over as captain for the T20Is in Pakistan with Shakera Selman as vice-captain. Taylor will resume as captain for the ODIs in Dubai.
The three T20Is in Pakistan will be played on January 31, February 1 and 3 at the Southend Club before the two sides will go head to head in three ODIs in Dubai on February 7, 9 and 11.
The first ODI will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium (DISC), while the second and third ODIs will be played at the ICC Academy.
As part of their series preparation, the Windies Women will arrive in Dubai on January 26 for a training and acclimatization camp, before travelling to Karachi on January 30.
Commenting on the Tour, Cricket West Indies (CWI) Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave, said:
“Following the successful hosting of the Windies Men’s team in Pakistan in April 2018, we have confirmed to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that our Women’s squad will now also play a three-match T20I series in Karachi too. This Tour is a further major step for our friends at the PCB to bring their cricket back home, and we are pleased that our players and support staff have recognised this and agreed to play the T20Is in Pakistan.”
“The security plan arranged by the PCB is exactly the same level that the Windies Men’s team had last year and Independent security advisors, Eastern Star International (ESI) has confirmed to both CWI and West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) that they are satisfied that the risk is manageable and can be mitigated to an acceptable level. We made it very clear to the players and support staff that should any of them have any personal reservations about this tour, that we fully understand and accept their position.”
Cricket West Indies Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne stated,
“After a decent and competitive ICC World T20, the Windies Women will be expected to build on that momentum going into the away tour against Pakistan. The team needs to improve its showing in ODI cricket especially and the panel is expecting to see marked improvements during the ODI series. The team has been based at our high-performance Centre in Antigua over the last year and we have seen improvements, as reflected in the World T20, particularly in their fielding. “
The Windies Women are currently ranked fourth in the ICC Women’s T20I rankings, while Pakistan are ranked seventh. In the ODI rankings, the West Indies are sixth and Pakistan seventh.
After three rounds of the ICC Women’s Championship, the West Indies are sitting in fourth position on nine points with four wins and as many defeats, while Pakistan is sixth on eight points with four wins and five losses.
Windies Women Squad for Pakistan Tour 2019
1. Stafanie Taylor (ODIs only)
2. Merissa Aguilleira
3. Shemaine Campbelle
4. Shamilia Connell
5. Deandra Dottin
6. Afy Fletcher
7. Chinelle Henry
8. Kycia Knight
9. Natasha McClean
10. Anisa Mohammed
11. Chedean Nation
12. Karishma Ramharack
13. Shakera Selman
14. Rashada Williams
Karishma Ramharack is a replacement for Hayley Matthews who suffered medial knee ligament damage to her right knee during the WBBL in early December. Hayley still requires a further 3-4 weeks of therapy before she can resume playing.
31 January – 1st T20I, Southend Club, Karachi. Start time 11h00 Pakistan time
1 February – 2nd T20I, Southend Club, Karachi. Start time 11h00 Pakistan time
3 February – 3rd T20I, Southend Club, Karachi. Star time 11h00 Pakistan time
7 February – 1st ODI (ICC Women’s Championship), DISC. Start time 09h30 Dubai time
9 February – 2nd ODI, (ICC Women’s Championship), ICC Academy. Start time 09h30 Dubai time
11 February – 3rd ODI (ICC Women’s Championship), ICC Academy. Start time 09h30 Dubai time