Women’s cricket on the rise
All of these were members of the team which won the title two years ago at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata a memorable occasion which sparked rapturous responses all across the cricketing world.
The support staff also has a strong Barbadian presence with head coach, Hendy Springer, bowling coach, Roddy Estwick, performance analyst Gary Belle, and physio Marita Marshall.
The Windies have been busy in their preparations for the tournament. They started a camp two weeks ago and have been involved in several outreach activities including the recently launched Mothers & Daughters programme and visits to various schools and media outlets.
They will play a special match against England, the 50-over World Cup champions, tomorrow and will have official warm-up matches against India on Sunday afternoon at the Coolidge Cricket Ground and against New Zealand next Wednesday night at Guyana National Stadium.
Tickets are at minimally priced and fans attending matches will also get to be part of a concert with several of the region’s leading performers gracing the stages for special shows.
While this is the sixth edition of the tournament and the second time it is being held in the West Indies, it is the first standalone Women’s World T20 after the previous five editions were held along with the ICC Men’s World T20.
All 23 matches will be broadcast live, with the Decision Review System being used in an ICC World T20 for the first time.
KEY PLAYER: Barbadian all-rounder Deandra Dottin will be a key player for the Windies with her explosive batting, fast-medium bowling and electrifying fielding.