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Connell, Matthews join squad for Women’s Cup

Six Barbadians including the uncapped Shamilia Connell and Hayley Matthews are among an 18-member West Indies squad which will attend a training camp that begins later this week ahead of the home series against New Zealand Women.

Shamilia Connell

Shamilia Connell

Hayley Matthews

Hayley Matthews

The other Barbadians in the team are Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight, Shaquana Quintyne and Shakera Selman. Uncapped Jamaican Jodian Morgan is the other newcomer in the team. Connell is a quick bowler, Matthews is as an off-spinning all-rounder and Morgan is a specialist batter.

The camp will begin tomorrow and run until September 8 in Barbados and St Kitts.

They will then play One-Day Internationals – the first three of which count as part of the ICC Women’s Championship (IWC) – on September 12, 14, 17 and 19. They then engage in three Twenty20 Internationals to be played on September 23, 25 and 27.

The inaugural edition of the IWC will see the top eight sides in the women’s game lock horns in a multi-year, bilateral qualifying competition that will lead into the pinnacle event in women’s cricket, the ICC Women’s World Cup.

Developed in order to create a more extensive and meaningful bilateral playing programme for women’s cricket, the IWC will see the eight sides play each other in three One-Day Internationals, either at home or away, between 2014 and 2016.

Points will be awarded for each game, with the top four sides at the conclusion of the IWC gaining automatic qualification to the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, to be hosted by the England & Wales Cricket Board.

The bottom four sides will have a second chance to qualify for the marquee event through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017, details of which will be announced in due course.

The bottom four will join six regional qualifiers and face off for the final four positions at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.

West Indies Women training squad: Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Chinelle Henry, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthew, Natasha McLean, Anisa Mohammed, Jodian Morgan, Subrina Munroe, Shaquana Quintyne, Shakera Selman, Tremayne Smartt, Stafanie Taylor

Team management unit: Sherwin Campbell (head coach), Ann Browne-John (manager), Ezra Moseley (assistant coach), Jacqui King (physiotherapist), Shannon Lashley (fitness trainer), Trent Sargeant (video analyst)

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