West Indies women’s coach Courtney Walsh admits the team may be pressed for time to be fully prepared for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, especially given the lack of international fixtures and regional.
The playoffs are set to take place in Sri Lanka in December this year, giving the team around seven months to prepare. However, the presence of the coronavirus and the protocols in place to stop its transmission have meant that the regional competition for female cricketers has been suspended.
It’s a similar case for international fixtures, as the team haven’t played in a series since November last year, when the Windies faced England.
“Not being able to play cricket enough, you wouldn’t say it’s enough time, but we have to try to understand the situation and work with it as best we can,” Walsh told members of the media at Antigua where the team was gathered. for a training camp.
“In an ideal world we would be able to turn and play as much cricket as possible so yes,” he added.
“It’s a tickling situation, but it’s something that’s understandable, so we have to do what we can and get in as much as we can. The end of the year could be a bit busier as this period approaches. I still hope we can do a few tours and play and have the regions and everything. Once the girls play, I much prefer this because it gives me a better chance to see who’s in good shape, to see who’s improving, who isn’t. Not being able to play is my biggest challenge. “
Walsh said he plans to focus on improving the mental and technical skills of the 30 players currently camped in Antigua.
According to the former West Indian fast bowler-turned-coach, the women’s development will be a continuation of what began when women were called to camp in January of this year.
In recent years, the women of the West Indies, 2016 world champions, have fallen down the pecking order of world cricket, struggling to score high when players like Deandra Dottin, Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews fail to succeed. make big scores.
This was evident when the West Indies were swept 5-0 in a T20 five-game series against England in September 2020, when the team failed to secure a 140-point score in any of the matches. England, meanwhile, have scored over 140 points in all but one game.
Walsh believes that for this trend to end, the team can’t rely on just two or three players.
“Consistency can’t be just three players. If we’re playing six or seven hitters, not everyone has to come off all the time, but we need four or five hitters to produce consistently. It can’t be the same three all the time, ”said Walsh, who also noted that there are other areas where they need to improve as well.
“They also have to be mindful of the situation in the game, so we’re going to combine the two because we’re going to have much more consistent hitters and not just relying on two or three players.
Walsh revealed that there were signs the camp in January had already started producing positive indicators of the change required.
“We started some drills in the last camp so it will be a continuation of that. We saw where we were getting a little more consistency. We saw where we could beat 50 overs because in the first game that didn’t happen, but in the last two games that happened, ”said Walsh referring to three intra-practice games. team disputed during camp that month.
“I also think that was also the state of mind, so the areas that we are going to work on, with the mental skills that we are going to stay there (at the fold level) and we want them to be technically strong too. to be able to deliver. “ (CMC)