Windies retain title-winning core for 2018 Women’s World T20

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Defending champions Windies have retained as many as 11 players from the squad that emerged victorious in the previous edition of the Women’s World T20 in 2016. The 2018 edition, of which the West Indies are the hosts, begins next month.

The squad also includes some promising names in Chinelle Henry, Natasha McLean and Chedean Nation apart from the uncapped Sheneta Grimmond.

Skipper Stafanie Taylor, who was the Player of the Series in their title-clinching campaign last time, seemed excited at the prospect of defending the crown in home conditions.

“Captaining the West Indies in the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 is both a huge honor and a massive challenge,” Taylor said on Wednesday (October 10). “It will obviously be a great feeling to lead the team at home, but one has to also live up to expectations of being defending champions. we have a great squad with several potential match winners, but we will have to be at our best in each and every match if we want to lift the trophy again.”

Taylor is aware of the humongous pressure that her side will have to deal with due to the double role of being the host and the reigning champions.

“The announcement of the squad makes me realize that the tournament is almost upon us. The opposition squads are really impressive and this promises to be a highly competitive tournament. I really hope that Windies fans can come out and support us as we strive to defend our title on home soil,”concluded Taylor.

Windies recently endured a fairly competitive limited-overs home series against South Africa and head coach Henderson Springer seemed upbeat about the side’s preparation heading into the mega tournament. “The women have one final training camp before the warm-up matches and we are focusing our plans on ensuring that they are ready to peak when the Tournament starts in November”, observed Springer.

Chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne also exuded the confidence shown by the team’s captain and coach. He felt that the player pool for the tournament had the right balance of youth and experience. “The selection panel would like to wish Stafanie Taylor and her team all the best for the ICC WWT20. The preparation period would have held them in good stead for the tournament. We welcome the return of Britney Cooper who was part of the 2016 winning World Cup squad and Chinelle Henry who is dynamic in the field and her all-round ability adds variety to the squad. The team is highly experienced, and this should aid them in the defense [sic] of their World T20 title.”

West Indies will begin their title defence by facing off with Bangladesh on November 9 – the day when the tournament officially begins, with the hosts’ game to be the last of the three games scheduled on the day.

Windies squad: Stafanie Taylor (c), Afy Fletcher, Anisa Mohammed, Britney Cooper, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews, Kycia Knight, Merissa Aguilleira, Natasha McLean, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell, Shemaine Campbelle, Sheneta Grimmond. Courtesy cricbuzz.com