The West Indies Women’s cricket team departed from Barbados on Saturday 1st January confident of doing well on the upcoming tour of India. The squad, led by Merissa Aguilleira, will play five One-Day Internationals and three Twenty/20 Internationals during the three-week trip.
“We are confident of doing well. We have a good team and the players are growing and maturing with every match. We have a good mix of players. We have good all-round strength in the team. We have two of the leading batters in world cricket in Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin. We have other batters who showed in matches before that they can perform at the international level so we are confident of building good totals,” Campbell said.
“We also have some quality spinners, as well as seamers who have the ability to get early wickets for us. We are very good in the field and we have a lot of options in all departments. I expect the girls to do very well,” he said.
The former West Indies vice captain added, “We have been making good progress in our cricket and we want to continue along the same line. We know what we have to do. The Indian team is a good one and they play well at home so we will have to play well to get the better of them, we know that. India can be a tough place to play cricket so we must ensure that we hit the ground running. We have a few days of training and then we have a warm-up match so we will have some time to get used to the foreign conditions.”
This tour will be the first time playing in India for all members of the squad. Coach Sherwin Campbell said his players are focused and will be looking to get better of their opponents, who are ranked higher on the International Cricket Council’s ODI and T20 tables.
The squad is comprised of: Merissa Aguilleira (captain/wicket-keeper), Anisa Mohammed (vice captain), Shemaine Campbelle, Britney Cooper, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Pearl Etienne, Stacy-Ann King, Subrina Munroe, Juliana Nero, June Ogle-Thomas (wicket-keeper), Shakera Selman, Tremayne Smartt, Stafanie Taylor.
Team management unit: Marjorie Thomas (Manager), Sherwin Campbell (Coach), Stephanie Power (Assistant Coach), Jacqui King (Physiotherapist), Shannon Lashley (Strength and Conditioning Co-ordinator)