Campbell has high hopes for women’s tour

Bridgetown, Barbados (CMC) The West Indies women’s team is upbeat as they prepare for an historic tour of Europe.

The squad assembled in Barbados for a four-day high-performance camp and left on Saturday for a 12-match tour of Ireland, Holland and England.

Head coach Sherwin Campbell said the team is extremely confident and focused on what is required.

‘This is a young team but a very focused group of girls who are committed to what they are doing,’ he said. ‘The tour will include One-Dayers as well as Twenty20s so we have been gearing up with that in mind.

‘The Twenty20s will be new to the girls so this tour will give them an opportunity to get some experience for several tournaments which will be upcoming.’

Campbell, a former West Indies opening batsman and vice captain, added that the tour of Europe is a key component to the team’s preparation for the International Cricket Council’s Women’s World Cup in Australia next year.

The team is also slated to participate in the International Cricket Council’s World Twenty20 in England in June 2009.

‘We are looking at the development of the players as individuals and also as a team. We want to see the girls improving on their personal best performances and we also want to form a cohesive unit.

‘It’s international sport and at this level results as very important, so we will be going all out to win all three series.’

Experienced left-hander Nadine George, who was the first West Indian to make a century in women’s Test cricket, against Pakistan in 2004, is captain.

The others who have experience at the international level are: all-rounders Anisa Mohammed, Kirbyina Alexander, and Juliana Nero; as well as fast bowler Debbie-Ann Lewis. They were part of the team which placed fifth at the 2005 Women’s World Cup in South Africa.

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