Stafanie Taylor returns as captain

West Indies’s Stafanie Taylor loses her wicket during an ICC Women’s Twenty20 Cricket World Cup semifinal match between Australia and West Indies in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.
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Cricket West Indies (CWI) selectors have named a 15-member squad for next month’s (February) Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.

Barbadian all-rounder Deandra Dottin is poised to play her first international in a year after being sidelined for a shoulder injury.

Dottin, 28, the most experienced Windies women’s player with 110 T20caps, returned in a franchise tournament in Trinidad in December before resuming active training during the pre-World Cup camp.

She is among several changes from the squad that lost a five-match series to India last November with Lee-Ann Kirby, Britney Cooper, Shamillia Connell and Cherry-Ann Fraser all selected for the February 10 to March 8 campaign.

Veteran Stacy-Ann King, Kyshona Knight, Natasha McLean and Shabika Gajnabi have all been omitted from the squad.

Captain Stafanie Taylor is also fit again and back at the helm.

Guyanese Fraser is the only uncapped player. Trinidadian Kirby, 32, played the last six of her international matches 12 years ago and her compatriot Cooper played for West Indies last year but missed the Indies series.

West Indies will play in Group B alongside England, South Africa, Pakistan and Thailand.

Champions in 2016, the Windies reached the semi-finals of the last tournament played in the Caribbean before going out at the hands of eventual champions Australia.

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