West Indies have announced their squads for the upcoming home series against South Africa from September 16 to October 6. The series comprises three ODIs and five T20Is. Three ODIs will be a part of the ICC Women’s Championship (2017-2020). Five T20Is will help both the teams to prepare for the upcoming World Cup later this year.
Both the teams have played two ICC Women’s Championship series. West Indies is currently at the 5th position in the points table with 6 points. They won their first series against Sri Lanka by 3-0 but lost to New Zealand by 0-3.
West Indies have made some changes in their regular squad after suffering an embarrassing loss against New Zealand earlier this year. Shemaine Campbelle and Natasha McLean, both who last played against India in 2016 and Pakistan in 2015 respectively, returned to the squad for the series. After having performed brilliantly in the domestic season, Campbelle got her call-up in the team.
Spinners Karishma Ramharack and Sheneta Grimmond got their maiden call-up in the squad for the 5 T20Is. Shakera Selman, who missed the New Zealand series earlier this year due to an injury, has returned in the squad. 17-year-old Qiana Joseph, who made her debut in the World Cup last year, got selected in the team while Britney Cooper, Reniece Boyce, Kyshona Knight, Akeira Peters and Tremayne Smartt couldn’t make it to the squad. Stafanie Taylor will lead the team in both ODI and T20I matches.
Courtney Browne, the Chairman of Selectors, stated, “As we approach the ICC WT20, both the ODI and T20I series will be key as our preparation continues towards the tournament. After a disappointing tour of New Zealand, our players now have the opportunity to be highly competitive in familiar conditions.”
ODI squad: Stafanie Taylor (C), Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Natasha Mclean, Chedean Nation, Shakera Selman, Anisa Mohammed
T20I squad: Stafanie Taylor (C), Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Natasha Mclean, Chedean Nation, Shakera Selman, Anisa Mohammed, Sheneta Grimmond, Karishma Ramharack