With just over 100 days to go before the West Indies women go after their second World Twenty20 title, the squad has just completed another high-performance camp in Antigua. Phase 2 which ended on Sunday, was held for two weeks and focused on fitness, strength and conditioning, game sense scenarios and mental skills preparation.
Some of the women will go off to Trinidad and Tobago for the Courts T20 Grand Slam which will run from July 18 –28. The tournament will include up to 12 of the members of the Windies women's squad. The ladies will re-assemble for another camp for three weeks in Antigua, starting in August. The Windies women will have at least two international series before they start their defense campaign.
South Africa is scheduled to be in the region from September 10 to October 7. The 3-match ODI and 5-game T20 International Series is also part of the ICC Women's Championship fixtures. India is also due to play in the Caribbean in early October. Currently, some 21 players have been involved in the camp including Jamaicans Stafanie Taylor, Chinelle Henry and Chedean Nation.
Meanwhile, the West Indies will first test their readiness for their World Twenty20 title defence on Sunday, November 4 when they take on India in their first warm-up game at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
Three days later the Caribbean women will play New Zealand women in their second and final warm-up match in Providence in Guyana. The Stafanie Taylor-led team will then open their title defence against Bangladesh on November 9 in Guyana, the final game of three on the day at Providence.
Matches against South Africa on November 14, Sri Lanka on November 16 and England on November 18 will close out the group stage for the ladies. New Zealand and India will kick-start the tournament on Friday, November 9 at 9:00 am Jamaica time.