By Neto Baptiste
Cricket Operations Manager for the Leeward Islands Cricket Board (LICB), Vernon Springer, has congratulated Antiguan cricketer Shawnisha Hector on becoming the first Leeward Islands women’s cricketer contracted by Cricket West Indies.
“Thank Shawnisha Hector for landing a one year women’s contract, becoming the first female [from Antigua and Barbuda and the Leeward Islands] and we really want to thank Development Bank of St. Kitts & Nevis because they are the ones, along with Citizen by Investment Unit and the Social Security Board, who have supported the women’s programme and although we have not won a game yet at the women’s level, I can say strides are being made,” he said.
Hector was among seven new players contracted by Cricket West Indies in early July after leading the Leeward Islands senior women’s team in the regional tournament earlier this year.
The other newly retained players are Shabika Gajnabi, Chinelle Henry, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Natasha McLean and Karishma Ramharack.
Springer believes that, although not contracted, there are other female players from within the sub-region who should have been included in an ongoing CWI women’s camp here in Antigua.
“There is a camp going on as we speak and you can’t tell me that a Saneldo Willett [Nevis], or Amanda Edwards [Antigua] and a couple other girls from the Leeward Islands can’t be part of that camp, so something has to change, something has to give,” he said.
Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Shakera Selman and Stafanie Taylor were all retained by the regional board.