ST. JOHN’S, Antigua- Britney Cooper has been named as the replacement for Deandra Dottin for the West Indies Women’s tour to Ireland and England.
Deandra suffered damage to her right shoulder and will require corrective surgery, ruling her out of competition for the upcoming months. Deandra’s recent destructive form has seen her rise to be the #1 player in the ICC Women’s T20 All-Rounder rankings, just one ahead of her teammate and captain Stafanie Taylor. Deandra was player of the series in the West Indies Women’s tour to Pakistan in February, where she scored 158 runs and took 3 wickets.
Britney Cooper was part of the West Indies Women during the ICC Women’s World T20 held in the Caribbean last November. Seen as an agile fielder and pinch-hitter batter, Cooper notched up the runs during the CWI Women’s Championships in Guyana in March which earned her a spot in the preparation for the Ireland and England tours.
Interim Chairman of Selectors Robert Haynes said, “Obviously it’s very unfortunate with Deandra having to do surgery. She is certainly a key player for us and we wish her a speedy recovery to come back and win matches for the West Indies. Britney has previous experience at the international level and we believe she will make a positive contribution.”
The West Indies Women have been in a preparation camp in Antigua from May 6-21. The team was strengthened with the return of Captain Stafanie Taylor, Vice-Captain Hayley Matthews and pacer Shakera Selman, who participated in the IPL Women’s T20 Challenged hosted by the BCCI in India.
The West Indies Women will be in search of all six (6) ICC Women’s Championship points when they play England on June 6, 9 and 13 in three (3) One Day Internationals, then three (3) T20 Internationals on June 18, 21 and 25. But before the England tour, they will play Ireland in three (3) T20 Internationals on May 26, 28 and 29.
The West Indies Women are currently seventh (7th) on the ICC Women’s Championships points table with 11 points.
1. Stafanie Taylor (captain)
2. Hayley Matthews (vice-captain)
3. Britney Cooper
4. Afy Fletcher
5. Karishma Ramharack
6. Chedean Nation
7. Chinelle Henry
8. Kycia Knight
9. Kyshona Knight
10. Shakera Selman
11. Shamilia Connell
12. Shemaine Campbell
13. Natasha McLean
14. Stacy Ann King