West Indies announces a 23-member medical and fitness camp before leaving for South Africa

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West Indies announces a 23-member medical and fitness camp before leaving for South Africa

West Indies team ready for their National anthem © Pakistan Cricket Board

Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced a 23-member squad for a medical and fitness camp on Friday (January 7). The camp will be held in Barbados from January 9 to 14 before the team takes their flight to South Africa for the four-match ODI series in Johannesburg. 

According to the press release by CWI, leg-spinner Afy Fletcher, who has played over hundred internationals for West Indies, will return to professional cricket with the camp after a year-long maternity leave. Apart from her, teenagers Zaida James and Jannellia Glasgow have also been included in the senior team camp. 

However, Britney Cooper, Shabika Gajnabi and Shawnisha Hector missed out on selection for medical reasons and were ruled out by CWI Medical Panel. The camp is supposed to prepare the players for the upcoming series in South Africa as well as the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022. There is no indication for the announcement of the squad for the World Cup, but an 18-member squad will be picked at the end of the camp, which will travel to South Africa. 

“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, was quoted saying in the release. 

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She added: “What is very promising for us at CWI is the inclusion of teenagers Jannellia Glasgow and Zaida James. They’ve been a part of the senior team camps before and also played in the first ever West Indies Women’s A Team home series against Pakistan Women last year. Their inclusion is a continued step in the developmental pathways we have established to grow women’s cricket in the region.”

Due to the rising fears around COVID, there were changes made to the original rooster for South Africa. The tour was shortened from the initial plan and limited to four ODIs, two day and two day-night games. The West Indies team will feature in a warm-up against South Africa XI on January 25. After which, the four ODIs will be played between January 28 and February 6. All the matches will be played at the Wanderers Stadium. 

West Indies Women’s Full Squad for Medical and Fitness Camp

Stafanie Taylor​, Aaliyah Alleyne, Reniece Boyce​, Shemaine Campbelle​, Shamilia Connell​, Deandra Dottin​, Afy Fletcher, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Jannillea Glasgow​, Sheneta Grimmond​, Chinelle Henry​, Zaida James​, Qiana Joseph​, Kycia Knight​, Kyshona Knight​, Mandy Mangru​, Hayley Matthews​, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack, Kaysia Schultz, Shakera Selman, Rashada Williams