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Cricket news - CWI expands women contracts list for 2021-22

All 15 players offered a contract last season have been retained this year with three more players added to that list.

All 15 players offered a contract last season have been retained this year with three more players added to that list.

A record number of eighteen women cricketers have been offered a contract for the 2021-22 season by Cricket West Indies, it was announced on Thursday (May 6). All 15 players offered a contract last season have been retained this year as well with the board opting to add three more players to that list.

Youngsters Kaysia Schultz and Qiana Joseph have received a contract for the first time. While Schultz has never played for the national side, Joseph played a couple of games in the 2017 Women's World Cup. Shawnisha Hector, who played a solitary ODI in November 2019 against India, is the third addition.

"The last contract period did not see many international matches as we only played five T20I matches against England," CWI's Lead Selector for Women's and Girls cricket, Ann Browne-John said. "Despite this, the contracted players were able to keep themselves fit and match ready. It was therefore the fairest decision to return all fifteen to contract.

"There has been a lack of left-arm orthodox bowlers in the region, therefore Joseph and Schultz will hopefully help fill this void; with Joseph also bringing her left-hand batting skills which is also limited in the region. Hector is one of the bright young fast bowlers who has been bowling with great aggression in the past few training camps," she further added.

The West Indies women's team is currently in Antigua for a high-performance camp under their new coach Courtney Walsh.