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WICB backing ladies

West Indies spinner Anisa Mohammed (right) and June Ogle (backing) during a training session.

Chief Executive Officer of the West Indies Cricket Board Michael Muirhead has given his board’s commitment to the women’s game in the region.

Muirhead had his first meeting with members of the West Indies Women’s training squad this week at the Sagicor High Performance Centre, University of the West Indies, where they are encamped for a month preparing to face South Africa in a seven-match series in January.

Muirhead’s said he was pleased to see the level of enthusiasm and camaraderie among the 18 players.

“Women’s cricket is growing across the West Indies and across the world, and at the WICB we are delighted with the progress being made by the West Indies team in such a short period of time. We have a wonderful group of players here and they are superb ambassadors for West Indies cricket and regional cricket. They have done a great job in promoting the brand with their performances on the world stage in a short space of time. People see them as future world-beaters and look forward to seeing them play,” Muirhead said.

He added: “Obviously the women’s game is not as widespread as the men’s game, but we are hoping that this group of excellent players we have here will continue to demonstrate improvement and help to encourage more players to participate in the game. These are exciting times in West Indies cricket and we are looking at ways to grow the game and multiply the number of people playing, participating and watching across the West Indies.”

During the meeting, the CEO told the players that the WICB remained committed to the development of the women’s game in the region and is looking at ways to offer more support to the players.

“The WICB is in the forefront in offering Central Retainer Contracts to women’s cricketers and we are looking at ways to offer even more support to the players, who have done us proud. We see this as a truly worthwhile investment,” he said.

Under the captaincy of Merissa Aguilleria and coaching of Sherwin Campbell, the West Indies reached the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 on two consecutive occasions – 2010 when the event was played in the Caribbean and two months ago in Sri Lanka.

Several Windies players are ranked among the best players in the world. Stafanie Taylor is the number one ranked all-rounder.

She won the prestigious ICC Women’s Player of the Year award in 2011. Deandra Dottin holds the world record for the fastest century in a T20 International by men or women, while all-rounder Shanel Daley and off-spinner Anisa Mohammed are ranked in the Top 10.

The West Indies women’s squad will be encamped at the Sagicor High Performance Centre until December 15. They will face South Africa in five One-Day Internationals and two T20 Internationals. The ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013 will be held in Mumbai from January 31 to February 17.

West Indies training squad: Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight, Kyshonna Knight, Natasha McLean, Anisa Mohammed, Subrina Munroe, Juliana Nero, June Ogle, Amanda Samaroo, Shakera Selman, Tremayne Smartt, Shaquana Quintyne, Stafanie Taylor. (windiescricket)†††

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