Britney Cooper to replace injured Dottin for UK tour

By May 20, 2019

Trinidadian all-rounder Britney Cooper has been named as the replacement for Deandra Dottin for the West Indies Women’s tour to Ireland and England later this month.

Dottin will require corrective surgery on a damaged right shoulder and has been ruled out of competition for the next few months.

Dottin’s absence will be a big loss for the West Indies women. Her form in recent times has seen her rise to becoming the number-one player in the ICC Women’s T20 All-Rounder rankings, just ahead of West Indies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor.

The powerful Barbadian was player of the series in the West Indies Women’s tour to Pakistan in February, where she scored 158 runs and took three wickets.

Britney Cooper was part of the West Indies Women during the ICC Women’s World T20 held in the Caribbean last November. Seen as an agile fielder and pinch-hitter batter, Cooper notched up the runs during the CWI Women’s Championships in Guyana in March, which earned her a spot in the preparation for the Ireland and England tours.

“Obviously, it’s very unfortunate with Deandra having to do surgery. She is certainly a key player for us and we wish her a speedy recovery to come back and win matches for the West Indies. Britney has previous experience at the international level and we believe she will make a positive contribution,” said Interim Chairman of Selectors Robert Haynes.

The West Indies Women have been in camp in Antigua since May 6 and which ends on Tuesday, May 21. The team has been strengthened by Taylor’s return.

 Vice-Captain Hayley Matthews and pacer Shakera Selman, who participated in the IPL Women’s T20 Challenged hosted by the BCCI in India, also return the squad that will be in search of all six  ICC Women’s Championship points when they play England on June 6, 9 and 13 in three (3) One Day Internationals.

They will then play three T20 Internationals on June 18, 21 and 25.

However, before the England tour, they will play Ireland in three T20 Internationals on May 26, 28 and 29.

The West Indies Women are currently seventh (7th) on the ICC Women’s Championships points table with 11 points.

The full squad:  Stafanie Taylor (captain), Hayley Matthews (vice-captain), Britney Cooper, Afy Fletcher, Karishma Ramharack, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell, Shemaine Campbell, Natasha McLean and Stacy Ann King.

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