TT Cricket Board (TTCB) Chairman Azim Bassarath is spearheading the charge to help develop a West Indies Women’s Test team.
During Wednesday’s Cricket West Indies (CWI) U19 Rising Stars T20 Women’s Championships awards ceremony at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba, Bassarath said the establishment of a regional women’s test team would be discussed at the CWI executive meeting in August.
Currently, WI women only compete in 50-over and T20 matches.
He said the TTCB had already set aside funds to hold two three-day matches for TT female cricketers next month. Bassarath called on other regional territories to follow suit as they seek to enter the longest and toughest version of cricket.
“We want all the other Caribbean territories in the Caribbean to follow us. We must not allow girls to play only 50 overs and T20 cricket. If South Africa can play Test cricket, WI can play Test cricket.
“We need to put these motions in place from now on to make sure we prepare our girls for the longer version of the game and that needs to start now.
“There will be a CWI executive meeting the first weekend in August and I will be bringing this up as a very important item on the agenda so the territorial councils that cannot fund the games, I will be asking CWI to make sure these games get funded,” he said.
Bassarath said he was pleased with the “seamless” execution of this year’s competition and congratulated the United States on their upset victory on their debut.
He thanked TT Women’s Cricket Association (TTWCA) Vice President Ann Brown-John and her executive for organizing a “very high level” tournament, but also for playing a vital role in securing the competition at the level it is today.
Bassarath also thanked CWI for supporting women’s soccer.
“About 13 or 14 years ago, a member of the TTCB with Brown-John, this discussion took place about an U19 women’s tournament. This U19 tournament grew out of this discussion, of course, with the women’s association .
“TT has hosted all of the Regional Women’s U19 tournaments in Trinidad and that is thanks to the foresight and vision of the TTWCA led by Anne Browne John.
“When CWI saw what was happening and they observed the quality of the tournament, after about four or five years, CWI got involved and started putting a little funding into the organization of this tournament.
“I want to commend CWI for seeing the vision of John and his team in organizing and hosting a tournament of this nature,” he added.
During the surprise victory for the United States, Bassarath congratulated the newly crowned champions and called their victory “a red day for American cricket”. He said the result should open new doors for the development of the sport in the United States.
Bassarath continued, “Never in my imagination would I have thought Team USA won this tournament today. I know it will be a big thing in the United States.
“I am extremely happy that you are taking back the winning trophy because cricket is needed in the United States and this could be the leap needed for cricket to take that leap in the United States.”
Also in attendance were Brown-John, West Indies Women’s U19 Head Coach Steve Liburd and SporTT Sports Development Manager Justin Latapy-George.
Librud claimed that after the U19 tournament, as well as the already completed Women’s Super50 Cup and next month’s inaugural Caribbean Women’s League, a WI team will be selected for the first ICC Women’s U19 competition in South Africa from 5 as of January 30, 2023.
CWI Women U19 Rising Stars T20 Honor Roll
First round – Niveena Ramnauth (Guyana), Shalini Samaroo (TT), Isani Vaghela (USA)
Round Two – Raeleanna Grimmond (Guyana), Djenaba Joseph (TT), Jannellia Glasgow (Windwards)
Round Three – Kate Wilmot (Jamaica), Jannellia Glasgow (Windwards)
Round 4 – Snigdha Paul (USA)
Round Five – Samara Ramnauth (TT), Trishan Holder (Barbados)
Round Six – Amelia Khan (TT), Bhumika Bhadriraju (USA)
Player of the Match (Final) – Anika Kolan (USA)
Most races – Djenaba Joseph (TT)
Most wickets – Naveena Ramnauth (Guyana / Shalini Samaroo / TT)
Wicketkeeper with the most dismissals – Shunelle Sawh
MVP Shalini Samaroo Tournament 121 runs / nine wickets
Match Referees – Stephanie Power and Anthony Creed
Match Referees – Carolyn Browne, Jacqueline Williams, Caseev Sandy, Maria Abbot, Ryan Willoughby, Candace La Borde