Cricket West Indies (CWI), on Tuesday, announced their Women’s squad for the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand, starting on September 16.
The three-match ODI series will witness star all-rounder Hayley Matthews take the captaincy role from Stafanie Taylor for the first time.
It will be the first series for the Windies women without Deandra Dottin, who announced her shock retirement in August. Similarly, the experienced duo of Anisa Mohammed and Kycia Knight will also miss the ODIs.
Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batter Natasha McLean and off-spinner Sheneta Grimmond have been drafted into the squad, along with the left-arm pace bowler Jannillea Glasgow. Notably, Grimmond’s last international match was an ODI against Pakistan in November 2021, while McLean hasn’t played for the West Indies since September 2020.
“The New Zealand series is very important on the women’s cricket landscape not only because it starts a new cycle, but also because it is part of the preparation leading towards the T20 World Cup in South Africa,” said lead selector for women’s cricket Ann Browne-John.
“With a few senior players unavailable at this time, for different reasons, like the experienced Anisa Mohammed, Kycia Knight and recently retired Deandra Dottin, the selectors were still able to get a blend of senior and developing players, including Under-19 player Jannillea Glasgow and returning players Natasha McLean and Sheneta Grimmond. Ultimately, we believe that captain Hayley Matthews, in her first series, will have a promising squad of players to start building with,” she added.
West Indies ODI squad:
Hayley Matthews (captain), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Afy Fletcher, Cherry Ann Fraser, Shabika Gajnabi, Jannillea Glasgow, Sheneta Grimmond, Chinelle Henry, Kyshona Knight, Natasha McLean, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor, Rashada Williams