India currently trails the Caribbean women, who are leading 3-1 in the Twenty 20 series that was started in Antigua and continued in Dominica up to Thursday, when West Indies took an unassailable lead.
After their arrival in St. Kitts on Friday afternoon, (24th February, 2012), the two teams have now begun their net practices in preparation for the start of their matches on Monday 27th, at Warner Park, when the last T20 match will be played at 2:00pm, followed by three ODIs on Wednesday 29th February, Friday 2nd and Sunday 4th March, at 10:00am each day.
They were entertained on Friday night to a welcome reception hosted by the Honourary Consul for India, Mr. Kishu Chandiramani and the owners of the Frigate based Bangkok Restaurant.
Earlier in the day the teams and officials were also greeted at the Robert Bradshaw International Airport, by officials of the Local Organizing Committee of the St. Kitts Cricket Association, SKCA.
Indian captain, Anjum Chopra told those gathered to welcome the teams that her side was very appreciative of the support of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis who will be coming out to watch the games. She said “The last time we were here we didn’t get much time to go around and see this beautiful island, but this time we are here for a longer time and the West indies people are very hospitable and so we thank you extending you hospitality. Congratulations to the West Indies team who has been better than us so far in the series and from my team we hope to come back strong.”
West Indies vice-captain Stefanie Taylor said, also than ked the local cricket board for their usual hospitality and for agreeing to host the tournament. Taylor also in a somewhat joking fashion told the Indian captain, that it is also the hope of the West Indies that they (India) can bounce back. This of course would make the matches in St. Kitts even more competitive and would certainly lift the standards of the series.
Taylor added, “For the T20s I haven’t been producing much, so hopefully for the One Days I can stick around and bat longer.”
Project Officer for Women’s cricket at the West Indies Cricket Board, Ms. Josina Luke said the expectation is that both teams would have a great series; but she is also hopeful that local cricket fans “Would come out and support these ladies because women’s cricket is growing and is on the rise.”
Meanwhile, Event Manager for the series, Mr. Val Henry, told the players that the “St. Kitts Cricket association is very happy to host the series. We promise you, Henry said, you are going to have good facilities, for the game of play, with the pitch and the outfield in a condition that you would appreciate.”
Henry concluded by making an appeal to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis and the West Indian supporters and the large Indian community, in the country, to turn out in their numbers for the games.
This is the third visit of the West Indies and the second for the Indian (women), to St. Kitts and Nevis. Both teams were here in 2010 for the T20 ICC World Cup.