PRESS RELEASE – The West Indies Cricket Board extended congratulations to the West Indies Women’s team, following its series victory in their One-day International Home Series against Pakistan Women in St. Lucia.
The Windies Women, under the leadership of newly-minted captain Stafanie Taylor and the guidance of head coach Vasbert Drakes, clinched the four-match series 3-1, winning all three matches that counted towards the ICC Women’s Championship.
After losing the opening match in the series by six wickets, the home team won the second ODI by three wickets and then took the third match by 109 runs. They won the final ODI by six wickets to sweep all three ICC Women’s Championship matches.
“I want to congratulate the West Indies Women’s team for winning the ODI Home Series against Pakistan Women on behalf of the directors, management and staff of the WICB,” said WICB president Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron.
“It was so heart-warming to watch the team play. The series proved to be competitive and was another wonderful showcase for the women’s game and augurs well for its future.”
Cameron added: “We want to acknowledge the achievements of all of the players that were the result of hard work and determination, and the contribution of the support staff who displayed keen awareness in order to promote the drive for excellence.
“We hope that the achievements of the team will encourage more young ladies to consider and take up the game in St. Lucia and across the rest of the Caribbean.”
Following the three wins over the Pakistanis, the Windies Women have joined undisputed World champions Australia on the top of the ICC Women’s Championship table. They have leapfrogged South Africa and are now level with Australia on 16 points.
All four matches counted towards the ICC Women’s Team Rankings, which has seen no changes to the pre-series ratings.
“We also want to take this time to thank WICB director Julian Charles and his team at the St. Lucia National Cricket Association for making sure that all the logistics of organising the matches was in place,” said Cameron.
“We also applaud the dedicated fans of West Indies cricket in St. Lucia that attended the matches to give their whole-hearted support and can now celebrate because they helped to create the atmosphere which inspired the players to give of their best.”
Cameron also singled out local broadcasters Winners TV, a cable TV station, and partnering radio station Kairi FM for broadcasting the matches which were also viewed on the WICB website, www.windiescricket.com.
“We were happy that Winners TV and Kairi FM contributed to bringing the series home to viewers and listeners around St. Lucia, the rest of the region and the World,” he said.
“We would welcome local broadcasters in our territories showing similar initiative and keeping the game of cricket – and in particular, the women’s version – in the consciousness of West Indians, as we strive to re-engage our major stakeholders.”
The Windies Women and Pakistan Women will now play three Twenty20 Internationals this coming Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada.