ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies (CWI) has expanded the number of West Indies Women’s players offered retainer contracts for the 2021-2022 season to a record number of eighteen (18) players. This is an increase of three (3) retainer contracts compared to the 2020-21 season with contracts offered for the first time to developing young players Kaysia Schultz and Qiana Joseph. The three players will join the 15 retained players from the 2020-2021 season, including captain Stafanie Taylor, dynamic all-rounder Deandra Dottin and the leading T20 International (T20I) wicket-taker Anisa Mohammed.
This marks a continuation of CWI’s investment into Women’s and Girls cricket which aims to strengthen and widen the talent pool available, as well as encourage greater participation into the women’s game.
CWI’s Lead Selector for Women’s and Girls cricket, Ann Browne-John said “The last contract period did not see many international matches as we only played five (5) T20I matches against England. Despite this, the contracted players were able to keep themselves fit and match ready. It was therefore the fairest decision to return all fifteen (15) to contract.
Additionally, it is really a positive that three (3) new development contracts have been awarded for the upcoming year. This will allow the requisite focus to be placed on these young players as they continue to progress their careers. There has been a lack of left-arm orthodox bowlers in the region, therefore Joseph and Schultz will hopefully help fill this void; with Joseph also bringing her left-hand batting skills which is also limited in the region. Hector is one of the bright young fast bowlers who has been bowling with great aggression in the past few training camps.”