Women's T20 coming soon

Women's cricket will soon receive a shot in the arm from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) who are planning to a Caribbean T20 Women’s Tournament in the near future.

Dr Ernest Hilaire, Chief Executive Officer of the WICB, revealed his organisation is seriously considering the venture as the regional team competes internationally in that format.

In an interactive seminar held on Wednesday at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain, Couva, Ann Brown-John, Executive Member of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) addressed the CEO and expressed concern with the direction of women’s cricket in the region.

She noted that the women have been making significant strides in the sport and cited the regional team’s encouraging performance at the Twenty20 World Cup as proof of their progress. She also pointed out that the regional Women’s Under-19 Tournament was not held for a couple years and pleaded for it to be reintroduced.

Hilaire was in total agreement with her that the Under-19 competition must get back on the calendar and revealed that the WICB is intent on hosting a regional T20 as well.

“The West Indies women did well in the T20 World Cup. We can’t have teams going out to play Twenty20 and not have a regional competition,” he reasoned.

Speaking to Newsday, Brown-John was understandably elated with the revelation and called on the WICB to invest more in developing the women’s game.

“I think it is something we have been looking forward to. It is very necessary to have it. Our girls did well at the World T20 so think how much better we will perform when we have this competition,” she said, “the tourney will get girls better prepared to perform on the international stage,” she continued.

She noted that this country has their domestic T20 but is unaware if similar competitions are held in the other territories. The TTCB Executive believes the WICB should also have a Women’s Under-17 tournament so more players will get the exposure and competition to develop into quality cricketers able to represent the West Indies.

First published in Trinidad Newsday