Cricket West Indies (CWI) CEO Johnny Grave has applauded the upcoming women’s England tour as a good way for the region to ‘kick start’ the women’s program.

The men’s program restarted under similar circumstances when the team became one of the first to resume playing international cricket, with its tour against England last month.

With the women’s inactive for the entire period, concerns were raised regarding a need to keep them engaged and active.

With South Africa pulling out of the tour, due to prevailing concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic, the regional team was invited to fill the spot.

“It’s similar to the men in as much as the ECB has said they understand the financial position that we are in and they have agreed to pick up the cost.  So, this provides us with the best opportunity to restart our women’s program,” Grave told the Mason and Guest radio show.

“With the Guyana and Trinidad borders shut, getting the women together has been impossible.  They haven’t been training since March, since they returned from the World T20 in Australia.  This provides us with the opportunity to have three weeks of training camp prior to a couple of weeks’ worth of games.  We are playing five international T20s.  So, it really has kickstarted our women’s program, which we have been trying to do.”

West Indies Women are scheduled to arrive in Derby on August 31 and will be based in at the Derbyshire Cricket Ground for the duration of the tour.

The tour will be broadcast here in the Caribbean across ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Play platforms and in the UK on Sky Sports with a live simulcast on both the BBC and Sky Sports for the third T20I.

Women’s Squad

Stefanie Taylor

Deandra Dottin

Chinelle Henry

Aaliyah Alleyne

Afy Fletcher

Lee Ann Kirby

Karishma Ramharack

Shemaine Campbelle

Cherry Ann Fraser

Hayley Matthews

Kaysia Schultz

Britney Cooper

Shabika Gajnabi

Natasha McLean

Shakera Selman

Shamilia Connell

Sheneta Grimmond

Chedean Nation

Team Management

Andre Coley Interim Head Coach

Esuan Crandon Assistant Coach

Corey Collymore Assistant Coach

Dr. Praimanand Singh Team Doctor/Physician

Tajay Grant Physiotherapist

Shayne Cooper S&C Coach

Nkoyo Meade Massage Therapist

Gary Belle Team Analyst

Ann Browne-John Lead Selector

Sheena Gooding Interim Team Logistics Manager

Naasira Mohammed Media and Content Officer

Steve Liburd Development Coach

Match Schedule

Monday, September 21: 1st Vitality IT20, England v West Indies

Wednesday, September 23: 2nd Vitality IT20, England v West Indies

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