CWI hopes to stage Women’s Domestic Championship

CWI Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave.
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Cricket West Indies (CWI) Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave is holding out hope to stage the junior, senior and women domestic championship, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak in the region.

The board announced recently it was aborting the two final rounds of the domestic first class championship while also canceling the Regional Under-15s Boys Championship and this summer’s West Indies Under-15 tour to England.

But it said it would postpone the Women’s Regional Super50 Cup and the inaugural Regional Under-19 Women’s Twenty20 Championship with hope of staging both tournaments later this year.

“They are very important tournaments, not in terms of the preparation but in terms of the preparation for the selection of those respective squads as we look to compete in the World Cup of those events due to take place in the early part of 2021,” Grave said.

The ICC Women’s 50-overs World Cup is carded for New Zealand starting in February next year along with the inaugural Under-19 Women’s World Cup scheduled for Bangladesh.

West Indies currently lie seventh in the eight-nation ICC Women’s Championship standard, with the top four gaining automatic qualification to the senior World Cup.

Grave said that these two women’s tournaments, along with West Indies High Performance and International preparation training camps, would now not be held before May 31. The COVID-19 virus has also put in peril the men’s international home series against South Africa and England scheduled for July and August, along with June’s three-Test tour of England.

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