Coach Campbell looking ahead to World Twenty20

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The members of the West Indies women’s team are busy getting ready for the upcoming International Cricket Council’s Women’s World Twenty20 Championship, to be played next month in England.

According to Head Coach Sherwin Campbell, the players are putting in the hard work at their in a 10-day camp which started on Monday in Barbados as they get ready for the inaugural Women’s World Twenty20 event.

“This camp is a crucial part of our preparations. We have not played a lot of Twenty20 cricket as a team, so we have to make sure that we look at improving our skills and getting mentally ready for the tournament,” said Campbell, the former West Indies vice captain and opening batsman. “The ICC’s World Twenty20 is a major international event and we will be looking to perform at the best of our ability and make the people of the West Indies proud.

The Coach added: “We have a team that has been together for over a year now, since the tour of Europe, and the players all know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We have a very good group of players who support each other. Things have been going well so far and we are please with the progress we have seen by the players. It will not be an easy tournament for us, and we know that, but we are putting in the hard work and we expect some positive results.”

The West Indies girls will have a warm-up match on Thursday against a Barbados Combined XI at the Banks Ground. They leave for England on June 4. While in England they will have two pre-tournament warm-up matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka before their first tournament match on June 11. The Windies girls are drawn in Group A alongside South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Group B will be England, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

The West Indies finished fifth at the ICC’s Women World Cup (50 overs) which was played in Australia in March.

SQUAD: Merissa Aguilleira (Captain), Kirbyina Alexander (Vice Captain), Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Cordel Jack, Stacy-Ann King, Pamela Lavine, Debbie-Ann Lewis, Anisa Mohammed, Juliana Nero, Shakera Selman, Danielle Small, Charlene Taitt, Stafanie Taylor; Patricia Greenidge (Manager); Sherwin Campbell (Coach), Jacqueline King-Mowatt (Physiotherapist), Shannon Lashley (Fitness and Conditioning Co-ordinator)

West Indies Full match schedule (with match officials)

Warm-up matches
Monday, June 8 – 4pm: v Pakistan at Taunton Vale
Aleem Dar and Rudi Koertzen, Rod Tucker (third)

Tuesday, June 8 – 4 pm: v Sri Lanka at Kings College
Aleem Dar and Rudi Koertzen, Rod Tucker (third)

Tournament matches
Thursday, June 11 -- noon: v South Africa at Taunton
Asad Rauf and Amish Saheba, Daryl Harper (third), Ranjan Madugalle (referee)

Saturday, June 13 -- noon: v New Zealand at Taunton
Simon Taufel and Nigel Llong, Billy Bowden (third), Chris Broad (referee)

Sunday, June 14 -- noon: v Australia at Taunton
Asad Rauf and Amish Saheba, Daryl Harper (third), Chris Broad (referee)

Thursday, June 18: 1st Semi-final at Trent Bridge – 130 pm
Friday, June 19: 2nd Semi-final at the Oval – 130 pm

Sunday, June 21: FINAL at Lord’s – 1030 am