'Give us more chances' - WI Women all-rounder criticises lack of 'life after cricket' opportunities for regional women

By Sports Desk October 15, 2020
West Indies Women all-rounder Shanel Daley prepares to take a catch during a training session. West Indies Women all-rounder Shanel Daley prepares to take a catch during a training session.

 Out-of-favour West Indies Women all-rounder, Shanel Daley, has called on the sport’s local and regional authorities to provide more opportunities for female cricketers looking to contribute both during and after their time on the pitch. 

Eight years ago, Daley was one of the world’s top-ranked all-rounders and one of only a handful of female players offered a retainer contract by Cricket West Indies.  The player, however, saw the trajectory of her career altered when she suffered a devastating knee injury, against Australia in 2015.

After struggling to return to her best form, losing her retainer contract, and the team’s disastrous showing at the 2017 Women’s ODI World Cup, Daley stepped away from the sport.  Having worked through various issues, including a battle with depression, the cricketer began an earnest search for a way back into it.

Difficulty getting back into the West Indies team would have been expected, but Daley has found herself gravely disappointed by the limited opportunities provided to women looking for roles within the sport, once they leave the pitch.  

“We play cricket for a living.  Basically, it’s our life.  If we are committed to cricket, cricket should be committed to us,” Daley told The Commentators Podcast.

“I lost my retainer contract with the West Indies Cricket Board (CWI) and that was a reality check.  Life after cricket, there is life after cricket, but there is nothing in place for females in terms of life after cricket,” she added.

“How many female coaches do you have out there? It’s just those little things.  Give us the opportunities, if we don’t take it then that’s on us.  We need opportunities, some coaching courses, some umpiring coaches.  We shouldn’t be the ones going to them.  If you are looking out for us, then those things would come to mind.”

In addition to very few certified female coaches at any level, regionally, there are no former players on the Cricket West Indies board, which stands in sharp contrast to countries like Australia, England and New Zealand.   

 

 

 

 

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