The best women cricketers in the West Indies have assembled recently in St. Kitts for the CG United Super50 Cup and T20 Blaze tournaments to be played from May 8 to 27. The six regional teams have announced their squads to compete in five rounds of 50-over matches in the CG United Super50 Cup and then five rounds of T20 cricket in the T20 Blaze.
Barbados is the defending champion in the CG United Super50 Cup and Jamaica, the defending champion of the T20 Blaze.
Barbados and West Indies Women’s Captain Hayley Matthews will miss the T20 Blaze tournament as she has been granted a recovery period after the CG United Super50 Cup as part of CWI’s player workload management. NaiJanni Rhema Cumberbatch, the 15-year old right-handed batter, comes into the squad for the T20 Blaze. Jamaican all-rounder Chinelle Henry will miss both tournaments as she is on a return to play rehabilitation programme following her injury in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in February.
The CG United Super50 Cup matches will be played at three venues —Warner Park, the Conaree Cricket Centre and St. Paul’s Sports Complex. In each of the five rounds, all three matches will take place concurrently. Barbados start their title defence against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force Divas at Warner Park.
Warner Park will host five rounds of the T20 Blaze in five full days of entertainment featuring three back-to-back matches from May 20 to 25. On the final day, Saturday, May 27 all matches will start at Warner Park, Conaree and St. Paul’s. Defending champion Jamaica starts its T20 Blaze campaign against the Leeward Islands.
CWI’s Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams said, “Our regional women’s tournaments will be our focus over the upcoming period as we provide a window for our best female players to showcase their talent. Players and teams will hopefully put in strong performances across both formats to impress for selection to the international ‘A’ and Emerging Player squads.”