ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies women’s team will have a full camp in New Zealand ahead of their eight-match series next month. The World Cup runners-up will arrive in New Zealand on Monday, February 10 and will have a one-week camp as they prepare to face the White Ferns in three One-Day Internationals and five T20 Internationals.
The ODIs will be played at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln. The first three T20s will be at Queens Park, Invercargill, with the tour concluding at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui with the last two T20s. The series will form part of the preparations for the ICC Women’s World T20 in Bangladesh in March and April.
“It is great for us that we will have this camp in New Zealand before we play the matches there. This will be the first time for most of the players playing in New Zealand and we don’t know a lot about the foreign conditions, so it will be very useful to get there early and get acclimatised,” said long-standing captain and wicket-keeper Merissa Aguilleira.
“We played well in both ODIs and T20s last year and we want to take that good work into 2014. This will be the start of a really big year for us and this will be a major tour. We have the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh and we want to win that, so the time in New Zealand will be a crucial step towards that goal.”
This is the second time the West Indies Women will face New Zealand Women in a short period. Last October, the Windies came from behind to win the ODI series 2-1 at Sabina Park in Jamaica.
The two teams were joined by England in the Women’s Tri-nation T20 Series at Kensington Oval in Barbados. The Windies won that tournament by defeating England in the final.
Tuesday 11th to Tuesday 18th: Training camp at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
Saturday 22nd: 1st ODI at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
Monday 24th: 2nd ODI at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
Wednesday 26th: 3rd ODI at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
Saturday 1st: 1st Twenty20 at Queens Park, Invercargill
Sunday 2nd: 2nd Twenty20 at Queens Park, Invercargill
Wednesday 5th: 3rd Twenty20 at Queens Park, Invercargill
Saturday 8th: 4th Twenty20 at Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui
Sunday 9th: 5th Twenty20 at Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui