Windies quicks look forward to South Africa pitches – Connell

West Indies pacer Shamilia Connell is looking forward to her team’s Tri-Series against South Africa and India in favorable conditions at Buffalo Park, East London.

The West Indies women’s team, which includes T&T’s Karishma Ramharack, will play at least four matches in the Tri-Series, which runs from 21 January to 2 February.

Hayley Matthew’s team open their campaign against the hosts on January 21 at 9 am Eastern Caribbean Time (8 am Jamaica time).

Connell, who is back in the squad after missing the recent England series through injury, says the conditions in South Africa will favor the West Indies fast bowlers.

“The conditions suit fast bowling, so we just have to be consistent with our lines and lengths and we should be able to pick up wickets. Personally, I’ve been doing the hard work and I am ready now to execute,” said Connell.

The West Indies won the 2016 title and made it to the semi-finals of the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup after warm-up camps in South Africa.

Connell, who was part of the West Indies team that won the 2016 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, relishes the chance to have another pre-World Cup camp in South Africa.

“I consider South Africa to be our second home, we had successes in the 2016 and 2022 World Cups when we’ve had pre-tournament series here, so I’m hoping we can win another title here,” the Barbadian fast bowler said .

Connell is looking forward to the chance to play against India and South Africa in their build-up to the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

“India and South Africa are both very challenging teams so series will help build our confidence going into the World Cup. We have a good chance of better results in this Tri-Series than we did against England, players just have to each pull their weight to contribute to the team’s performance,” said Connell.

West Indies women are drawn with England, India, Pakistan, and Ireland at the 2023 T20 World Cup, which will be held in South Africa.

The West Indies are expected to submit their final squad for the tournament on 2 February.


Hayley MatthewsCaptain

Aaliyah Alleyne

Shanika Bruce

Shemaine Campbelle

Shamilia Connell

Britney Cooper

Chedean Nation

Afy Fletcher

Shabika Gajnabi

Sheneta Grimmond

Chinelle Henry

Karishma Ramharack

Kaysia Schultz

Shakera Selman

Staphanie Taylor

Rashada Williams


16 January: warm-up match vs South Africa XI at Beacon Bay (start time TBC)

T20I Tri-Series Match Schedulee

(all matches to be played at Buffalo Park, East London)

21 January: vs South Africa, 3pm local time (9am Eastern Caribbean/8am Jamaica)

23 January: vs India, 7pm local time (1pm Eastern Caribbean/12noon Jamaica)

25 January: vs South Africa, 3pm local time (9am Eastern Caribbean/8am Jamaica)

30 January: vs India, 3pm local time (9am Eastern Caribbean/8am Jamaica)

2 February: Tri-Series Final, 3pm local time (9am Eastern Caribbean/8am Jamaica)

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