The WICB has named a 13-player West Indies Women’s squad for this month’s four ODIs and three T20Is against Pakistan Women beginning on October 16 in St Lucia. Stafanie Taylor will lead the side for the first time after being appointed captain last month, replacing Merissa Aguilleira who had served in the role since the 2009 Women’s World Cup.
The selectors had named an 18-member training squad last month. The group got together in St Lucia last week, and at the end of the first seven days the five players released were Shaquana Quintyne, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack, Vanessa Watts and Shemaine Campbell.
West Indies Women defeated Sri Lanka Women in three of four ODIs in May, including two of three as part of the ICC Women’s Championship, during West Indies Women’s tour of Sri Lanka.
West Indies currently sit third on the championship points table, one point behind South Africa and five points behind Australia. A series sweep over Pakistan, including the last three ODIs which are part of the ICC Women’s Championship, will put West Indies level with Australia at the top of the table.
Pakistan Women currently sit tied for fifth with New Zealand Women on eight points. They lost two of three matches to South Africa in their last action held in March in Sharjah. Following the four ODIs, both teams will travel to Grenada for three T20Is beginning on October 29.
The squad reads: Stafanie Taylor (capt), Shakera Selman (vice-capt), Merissa Aguilleira, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, and Tremayne Smartt.