West Indies pick four Jamaicans for World T20 defence
Captain Stafanie Taylor is among four Jamaicans named in West Indies 15-member squad for the title defence at the Women's World T20 that begins at home in November.
The Caribbean side has retained the bulk of the squad that lifted the trophy in 2016, naming 11 of them in the 15-member squad announced on Wednesday.
The other three Jamaicans in the squad are batsman Chinelle Henry, wicketkeeper Natasha McLean, and allrounder Chedean Nation.
Henry is inexperienced at the international level, having turned out in just two ODIs and seven T20Is so far. She last played for West Indies over three years ago, in a T20I against Sri Lanka in Colombo. McLean and Nation have more experience and were both part of the recently concluded T20I series against South Africa.
West Indies women have also called up the uncapped 20-year old Sheneta Grimmond from Guyana.
Following the recently drawn ODI and T20I Series against South Africa, Head Coach, Henderson Springer, says “the women have one final training camp before the warm-up matches and we are focusing our plans on ensuring that they are ready to peak when the tournament starts in November”.
The West Indies Women will have their fourth training camp of the year, starting October 15 in Antigua and these sessions “we want to create an environment that enables the players to continue their hard work on improving their skills and fitness, whilst providing real focus on the key roles of each player for us to be successful. We are aiming for consistency and we think with the work we have put in, the ladies will peak at the right time,” according to the Head Coach.
Taylor, says, “captaining the West Indies in the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 is both a huge honour and a massive challenge. It will obviously be a great feeling to lead the team at home, but one has to also live up to expectations of being defending champions.”
Taylor went on to say that “we have a great squad with several potential match winners, but we will have to be at our best in each and every match if we want to lift the trophy again.”
On the naming of the squad, Taylor remarked that “the announcement of the squad makes me realize that the tournament is almost upon us. The opposition squads are really impressive and this promises to be a highly competitive tournament. I really hope that West Indies fans can come out and support us as we strive to defend our title on home soil”.
Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne, says “the selection panel would like to wish Stafanie Taylor and her team all the best for the ICC WWT20. The preparation period would have held them in good stead for the tournament. We welcome the return of Britney Cooper who was part of the 2016 winning World Cup squad and Chinelle Henry who is dynamic in the field and her all-round ability adds variety to the squad. The team is highly experienced, and this should aid them in the defense of their World T20 title.”
The full squad reads:
(1) Stafanie Taylor – Captain
(2) Afy Fletcher
(3) Anisa Mohammed
(4) Britney Cooper
(5) Chedean Nation
(6) Chinelle Henry
(7) Deandra Dottin
(8) Hayley Matthews
(9) Kycia Knight
(10) Merissa Aguilleira
(11) Natasha McLean
(12) Shakera Selman
(13) Shamilia Connell
(14) Shemaine Campbelle
(15) Sheneta Grimmond
West Indies will start their campaign against Bangladesh on November 10. The other teams with them in Group A are England, Sri Lanka and South Africa.