Windies name experienced squad for ICC Women's Championships

By October 10, 2018
Eleven members of the World Cup winning squad from two years ago were named in the 2018 squad for the ICC Women's Championships Eleven members of the World Cup winning squad from two years ago were named in the 2018 squad for the ICC Women's Championships

Captain Stafanie Taylor says captaining the West Indies in the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 is both a huge honour and a massive challenge but it will great feeling to lead the team at home.

However, the team has to also live up to the expectations of being defending champions.

Her comments come as 11 members of the winning 2016 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 team were retained in the squad released on Wednesday for the upcoming ICC Women’s World T20 that starts on November 9.

Taylor will captain the side that will include Afy Fletcher, Anisa Mohammed, Britney Cooper,   Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews, Kycia Knight, Merissa Aguilleira, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell, and Shemaine Campbelle.

Chinelle Henry, Natasha McLean and Chedean Nation have also been included, along with Sheneta Grimmond, who has yet to make her debut.

“The selection panel would like to wish Stafanie Taylor and her team all the best for the ICC WWT20,” said the Chairman of Selectors Courtney Browne.

“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 defence of their World T20 title.”

The women will have their fourth training camp of the year, starting October 15 in Antigua.

“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 be successful,” said head coach Henderson Springer. “We are aiming for consistency and we think with the work we have put in, the ladies will peak at the right time.”

Meantime, Taylor said the squad members will have to live up to their potential if they are to be successful.

“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 WINDIES fans can come out and support us as we strive to defend our title on home soil,” she said.

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