Former Windies women’s captain and Trinidad and Tobago player, Merissa Aguilleira, has called time on her international cricket career. 

Cricket West Indies has been good at improving its financial health in recent times but two extra T20I games against England have not been one of those things, with Sky Sports, the Windies-England series’ broadcast partners, refusing to pay more for the games. 

Windies Women ended a three-test tour of Pakistan a losing note as the hosts rebounded to score a 12-run win in Karachi on Sunday.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Pakistan Women, led by 53 off 40 balls from Nida Dar, put 150 runs on the board after their 20 overs.  The hosts lost six wickets in the process.

 In response, Windies star all-rounder Deandra Dottin was her usual belligerent self and batted freely to crack 46 from 29 balls but the team was restricted to 138 in their 20 overs.  Things began badly for the regional team when Kycia Knight was dismissed for a duck and Shermaine Campbelle following soon after.

Except for Dottin, the Windies never really got into the run chase and wickets fell at regular intervals.  Anam Amin was Pakistan’s best bowler after claiming figures of 3 for 34.  Pakistan were beaten by 71 runs in the first game but pressed the West Indies all the way in the second, tying the match before going down in the Super Over as Dottin was on point again. 

The two teams now travel to Dubai to play an ODI series that is part of the ICC's qualifiers for the World Cup.

 

A 13-member West Indies women's squad arrived in Karachi on Wednesday for the first visit to Pakistan by a non-Asian women's team in 15 years. 

Opening bat Rashada Williams is the only new player named to a Windies Women squad named for a two-week camp in Antigua as they prepare for their upcoming tour of Pakistan later this month.

Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarker insists the team is ready to battle to salvage the T20 series against the Windies after going down by eight wickets in the first match at Sylhet International Stadium on Monday.

Despite dominating the regional team for large parts of the tour so far, the Bangladeshi’s were able to find very little answers against the Caribbean team.  Windies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell led the way with a career-best 4 for 28, while Shai Hope, who made 297 runs in the three-match ODI series, hit a whirlwind 55-run innings off just 23 balls.

After being dominated with both bat and ball by the reigning World champions, however, Sarker has vowed the team will recover.

“We are aiming a turnaround in the series strongly. In the past we have won the series against West Indies with a strong comeback after trailing 1-0. We are targeting to repeat it.  We have discussed our mistakes form the first match like too many early wickets at the beginning. We will ensure that such mistakes will not be repeated in the remaining matches and produce a better display of cricket all-around,” said Soumya

 

Opening batsman Evin Lewis and fast-bowlers Sheldon Cottrell and Kesrick Williams have been named to a 15-man Windies squad for their upcoming T20 series against their hosts Bangladesh.

Rovman Powell will captain the Windies side for their three-match ODI series against Bangladesh on December 9, 11, and 14.

Johnny Grave, Cricket West Indies Chief Executive Officer, is not pleased with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) who revised their eligibility criteria in a bid to make sure that Barbadian paceman Jofra Archer can turn out for the country.

According to Grave, the concern is not just over Archer, but that other talented Caribbean players could be lured away from playing for their region, using the same ‘long-term county contracts’ that have paved the way for Archer.

The Windies were hoping they would have had Archer for the World Cup in 2019, but the exciting 23-year-old, one of the brightest prospects in world cricket today, made it clear, his intentions to turn out for England whenever eligibility requirements were met.

The ECB had previously required that for a player to be eligible to turn out for England, they must have seven years of residency under their belt, however, last week that was reduced to just three.

“We respect Jofra’s decision, the rules allow him to [switch country]. But on a personal level, and as an Englishman, I don’t like the concept of the ECB poaching players who have been part of another system up to the age of 19,” said Graves.

“I hope no other West Indian cricketers follow that path and hope it doesn’t lead to counties doing their talent ID in the Caribbean, taking our players into the public school system and then on to offering them lucrative long-term county contracts and then possibly on to playing for England.”

Interestingly, Archer’s first game for England could very well be in the Caribbean next year when England tour the region for three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20s from January 23 to March 10. Archer would become eligible to play for England in March, right in time for the T20 fixtures.

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The Windies have had trouble getting out India skipper Virat Kohli, and they may be relieved not to see him in the 12-man squad they will face in a T20I series that begins tomorrow at Eden Gardens. 

Winning Super50 Cup captain, Carlos Brathwaite will turn his attention to the West Indies as he heads a 14-man squad for three T20Is against India, starting on Sunday. 

  Sir Vivian Richards, one of the greatest cricketers of all time has joined the Cricket West Indies Ambassadors programme ahead of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018.

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