Campbelle returns, among 5 Guyanese in Windies Women’s camp

Guyanese and West Indies Women’s cricketer Shemaine Campbelle has returned to the West Indies set-up after recovering from a hand injury, and is currently in Antigua for a preparation camp.
The West Indies Women’s team will travel directly to Zimbabwe for the November 21 to December 5 qualifiers, following the Pakistan series.
In addition to Campbelle, the other Guyanese are fast-bowler Cherry-Ann Fraser, off-spinning all-rounder Sheneta Grimmond, left-arm spinner Kaysia Schultz, and all-rounder Shabika Gajnabi.
The West Indies Women will tour Pakistan for a three-match One-Day International series from November 8, a series that forms part of the team’s preparations for the qualifiers.
CWI Lead Selector for women and girls cricket, Ann Browne-John, has said: “The upcoming series against Pakistan is a very important one for the West Indies team. Not only would it give much-needed match practice and time in the middle to our players, it will also give the coaching staff an opportunity to test the team at this point in time, coming out of our recent series against Pakistan and South Africa.
“In addition, if the team should have success in this series, it would help them going into the World Cup qualifiers on a really positive note. It has sometimes been shown in the past that a team that participates in a series just before a World Cup or qualifier, sometimes because of the additional match practice, they perform a lot better,” Browne-John added.
She also noted that the two teams will play against each other in the qualifiers, and that the tour would give the Windies another chance to assess their opponents.
“And finally, if you notice all over the world at the moment, teams who are going to be participating in the qualifiers are having practice matches, are playing matches, or are just coming out of their own qualifier tournament; so, it is very important for the West Indies team to get that time in the middle,” she concluded.
Captain Stafanie Taylor has opted out of the Karachi leg over security reservations.
Pakistan, meanwhile, toured the Caribbean last July, losing 3-2 in a five-match series staged in Antigua. The upcoming series marks the third one this year for the women’s side, with South Africa also touring the region last month for ODIs and T20Is.