The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) selectors have named a 17-member squad of women to attend a training camp ahead of upcoming series against New Zealand and England.
Between 6th October and 3rd November, the 2013 World Cup finalists play three One-Day Internationals against New Zealand, a Twenty20 International tri-series against New Zealand and England followed by three ODIs against England.
The camp will take place in Jamaica between 22nd and 30th September, after which a 13-strong squad will be selected for the New Zealand ODIs.
"Many of the players have shown that they are capable at international level and they performed during the Regional Women’s tournaments last month in Grenada," Clyde Butts, WICB Chair of Selectors said.
"We now expect them to push on and start to score more runs and show greater competence, but I think the squad is sound and will give play well during the upcoming series."
The only uncapped player in the squad is Chinelle Henry while Stacy Ann King has been recalled.
"Chinelle is a capable player and strikes the ball very nicely," Butts added. "We expect some good things from her in the future. She has been around the Jamaica team for a long time, but she is still very young.
"Stacy Ann showed during the Regional Women’s tournaments that she is still capable of playing at the international level and her bowling has also improved. She is also one of our best fielders, so we still feel that she has a lot to offer to the team and we can’t write her off."
Butts added that while he expects the matches against England and New Zealand to be tough, they are the sort of games the West Indies need to continue improving.
"Our team needs this sort of rivalry," he said. "We have always wanted to play against England, New Zealand and Australia more often and it will be good for them to play against such tough and skilled opponents.
"To have two of the three top women’s teams playing in the Caribbean will do a lot for women’s cricket and I expect our team to be ready and able to be competitive against them."
West Indies Women squad: Merissa Aguilleira (captain), Shemaine Campbelle, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Chinelle Henry, Stacy Ann King, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Natasha McLean, Anisa Mohammed, Subrina Munroe, Juliana Nero, June Ogle, Shaquana Quintyne, Shakera Selman, Tremayne Smartt, Stafanie Taylor
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