PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor has been named to lead the NLCB Revellers, one of two teams which will contest two inaugural T10 matches in the Caribbean Premier League this week. The matches will also see the return of Hayley Matthews. The Barbadian opener did not feature in West Indies Women’s most recent series against Australia due to disciplinary reasons.
Revellers will comprise players from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Leeward Islands while the other team, Courts Gladiators, will be led by Taylor’s Windies teammate, leg-spinner Afy Fletcher, and will be made up of players from Barbados, Guyana and Windward Islands.
The first T10 match, labelled the NLCB Challenge, will be played tomorrow at the Brian Lara Stadium as the supporting act to the crucial CPL Twenty20 semi-final between Trinbago Knight Riders and Barbados Tridents.
Saturday’s second game, the Courts Invitational, will be the precursor to the final at the same venue between Guyana Amazon Warriors and the winner of Thursday’s semi-final.
Taylor praised the move by organisers, pointing out it was the first step towards women’s franchise cricket in the region.
“It is very pleasing to have an initiative such as this that the CPL has done for women’s cricket in the Caribbean,” said the Jamaican.
“It’s a long time coming to potentially have a women’s T20 franchise tournament here in the West Indies, bringing international players here to our conditions and pitches, just as we go to their leagues.
“No doubt this will aid Cricket West Indies in growing women’s cricket in the region.”
Fletcher, who has become a fixture in the international side, said the initiative was a means of also growing the women’s game in the Caribbean.
“I think that it’s a great idea. Women’s cricket is rapidly growing so kudos to the persons for taking the initiative to find different avenues to expose the talent of the ladies of the Caribbean,” she noted.
“Knowing that we have a small pool of female cricketers, I strongly believe that this is a stepping stone to move forward and also a way of attracting the eyes of the young girls across the region.”
Revellers will feature the likes of veteran Windies off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, experienced all-rounder Stacy-Ann King and the big-hitting talents of Britney Cooper and Natasha McLean.
Gladiators, meanwhile, will boast Matthews, as well as Barbadian batting twin Kycia and Kyshona Knight along with recent Windies batting recruit, Shabika Gajnabi.
Squads: The NLCB Revellers: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Anisa Mohammed, Chinelle Henry, Natasha McLean, Chedean Nation, Jodian Morgan, Stacy-Ann King, Reniece Boyce, Britney Cooper, Felicia Walters, Karishma Ramharack, Caneisha Isaac, and Shawnisha Hector.
Courts Gladiators: Afy Fletcher (captain), Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Aaliyah Alleyne, Qiana Joseph, Akeira Peters, Erva Giddings, Shabika Gajnabi, Kaysia Schultz, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Sheneta Grimmond, and Shakera Selman.