For the first time in eight years, West Indies women will be locking horns with New Zealand in a three-match ODI series, followed by a five-match T20I series. The series will be played in West Indies in September-October month. Sir Vivian Richards Stadium will play host to all the games of the series.
“I am very happy that we will be hosting New Zealand in the West Indies,” Courtney Walsh, West Indies head coach, said in a CWI release. “They are a very competitive team, and this will make for a great series for our team. As it comes just after we’ve had the Women’s regional tournaments and the Women’s CPL, it will be a great fillip for our players.
“We will also have an eye on the T20 World Cup [to be played in South Africa in February] around the corner. So, this will give the squad a chance to showcase all their skills, and also give us, the coaching staff, a chance to look at what depth we have.”
Right now, West Indies are undertaking a specialist camp that includes some new players. There will be another camp in Antigua after the Women’s CPL.
“In addition, the lead selector was with the West Indies U-19 Women’s team for their series in Florida and has identified some exciting prospects to consider,” Walsh said. “So, we should have enough cricket before the New Zealand series starts.”
New Zealand women last toured West Indies back in 2014. Interestingly, they lost the ODI series heavily by a 4-0 margin. But, the Blackcaps bounced back strongly to win the T20I series 2-1. New Zealand won the final game of the series in a super over.