The Cricket West Indies Women’s Selection Panel has announced an 18-member squad for the four-match ODI series against South Africa women. The matches will be played between January 28-February 06. Senior spinner Afy Fletcher after being away from the game on maternity leave. Mandy Mangru, a right-handed batter, and Jannillea Glasgow, a right-arm medium pacer have earned maiden call-ups.
The West Indies squad will arrive in South Africa on January 16 where first they will be part of the training camp, before the series gets underway from January 28. The first and the third game will be day-night games while the second and the fourth will be day games.
“The players will undergo medical and physical testing before the final squad of 18 are selected to travel. It is good to have Afy Fletcher back into the set-up. Unfortunately, three players, Britney Cooper, Shabika Gajnabi and Shawnisha Hector have been ruled out of selection consideration for medical reasons,” CWI’s Lead Selector for Women’s cricket, Ann Browne-John said.
“The South Africa series comes at an opportune time as the team prepares for the upcoming World Cup. The squad has been preparing and building during the past year, even with the limitations caused by the pandemic and hopefully they can put it all together. The return of the experienced Afy Fletcher brings added variety to the bowling particularly with the absence of Qiana Joseph who has been ruled out due to injury,” she further added.
She also spoke about the inclusion of three young players in a pool with several experienced ones. Browne said that the system believes in exposing several young talents and allowing them to show their skill set in between experienced players.
“In our drive to continue the expansion of our player pool, the panel has included three young, uncapped players. They are Kaysia Schultz, Mandy Mangru as well as teenager Jannillea Glasgow. Exposure to international cricket at this time will most certainly give them the experience and match time needed to develop and grow their individual talents . The panel believes that this blend of youth and experience will work well as we continue our preparations for the World Cup,” she added.
West Indies Women’s Squad
Stafanie Taylor (c), Anisa Mohammed (vc), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Cherry Ann Fraser, Jannillea Glasgow, Chinelle Henry, Kycia Knight, Mandy Mangru, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack, Kaysia Schultz, Shakera Selman, Rashada Williams
West Indies vs South Africa Women’s ODI Series Schedule
Tuesday, January 25: warm-up match – vs South Africa XI (day)
Friday, January 28: 1st ODI (day/night)
Monday, January 31: 2nd ODI (day)
Thursday, February 3: 3rd ODI (day/night)
Sunday, February 6: 4th ODI (day)