Abhishek Singh ∙ Aug 31 2021, 2:23 PM | 2 Min Read

Covid forces Windies skipper Taylor’s omission from first T20I against South Africa Women

West Indies Cricket Board announced a 13 member Women’s squad for the first T20I against South Africa Women to be played on Tuesday, August 31 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. Regular skipper Stafanie Taylor has been omitted from the squad for the first T20I after being identified as a primary contact of a Covid-19 positive. 

Experienced off-spinner Anisa Mohammed has been tasked with the duty of leading Windies against a top-notch South Africa Women side. 

Even after Taylor’s absence, Lead selector Ann Browne-John is confident of seeing his team do well in the first T20I as well as the entire series. 

"It is unfortunate that Stafanie will not be available for this series but there are a number of experienced players who we would be looking to fill any void," Browne-John was quoted as saying in a press release by WICB. 

Qina Joseph, who hasn’t featured in any international for the West Indies team in the last four years is likely to play in place of Taylor and Browne-John backed her to do well. 

"The young player Qiana Joseph brings another left-hand batter option as well as left-arm orthodox bowling which has been lacking in the team,” she said. “This will be a good test coming out of the recent Pakistan series since South Africa is one of the higher-ranked teams,’ added the selector about the team. 

Taylor, if she doesn’t test positive would most likely be available for the remaining two matches of the T20I series on September 2 and 4 at the same venue in North Sound. 

The three-match series will be followed by five ODI to be played at Coolidge Cricket Ground and Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. 

Squad for 1st T20I - Anisa Mohammed (c), Deanda Dottin (vc), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Shabika Gajnabi, Chinelle Henry, Qiana Joseph, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Shakera Selman 

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Coach of many lgends Vasudeo Paranjape breathes his last

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Ranji Trophy begins on January 13, SMAT to be played in November

The Board of Control for Cricket in India intimated to the state associations about the upcoming domestic season and stated that the premier tournament, Ranji Trophy would be played from January 13 at six centres with one centre allocated for each of the six groups. As per reports, the Ranji Trophy centres selected are Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Trivandrum and Chennai. Kolkata has been selected to host the Knockouts which comprise four quarterfinals, two semis and a final slated to begin on March 16. All the knockout games would be five-day affairs. The interesting thing about this time’s grouping is that no team gets to play its matches at its home turf until and unless Bengla makes it to the Knockouts. Ranji Trophy Groupings Elite A: Gujarat, Punjab, Himachal, Madhya Pradesh, Services and Assam (in Mumbai) Elite B: Bengal, Vidarbha, Rajasthan, Kerala, Haryana and Tripura (in Bangalore) Elite C: Karnataka, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand (in Kolkata) Elite D: Saurashtra, Tamil Nadu, Railways, J & K, Jharkhand and Goa (in Ahmedabad) Elite E: Andhra, Uttar Pradesh, Baroda, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Pondicherry (in Trivandrum) Plate: Chandigarh, Meghalaya, Bihar, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Arunachal (in Chennai) The board also informed states that the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the regional T20 tournament will be played between November 04 and 22 with the Knockouts being hosted in Delhi. The six centres chosen for its group stage games are Lucknow, Guwahati, Baroda, Delhi, Haryana and Vijayawada. There is no intimation about the formation of groups for the SMAT thus far. Vijay Hazare Trophy, the third premium tournament of the Indian domestic calendar will be held from December 8 to 27. The vines and groups of this tournament are yet to be announced. The newly developed Men’s State A one-day competition, remodelled from its previous version of the U-23 ODI tournament will begin from November 20 and will go on until December 10 with the Knockouts played in Bangalore. The group stage matches of this tournament will be played in Rajkot, Pondicherry, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mohali and Guwahati. Men's Under-25 four-day championship for the CK Nayudu Trophy, another remodelled competition from the Men’s U-23 four day is scheduled to begin from January 28 and will be played till March 31 with the Knockouts being held in Vijaywada. The group stage matches of this competition will be held in Nagpur, Hyderabad, Vijaywada, Mohali, Jaipur and Ranchi. While these are the major competitions, the domestic season kicks off with the Women’s U-19 ODI Championship and Men’s U-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy. While Rajkot, Nagpur, Vizag, Surat, Jaipur and Bhubaneswar are being considered for the women's competition, Men’s competition is likely to be played in Mohali, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Indore and Ranchi. Surat and Ahmedabad are being considered as the hots for the Knockouts of both women's and men's under-19 respectively. The tournaments will start from September 20 and will be played for 29 days to end on October 18. The grouping for this tournament is different as only 36 teams take part in it and each group plate or elite will have six teams each with the five plate teams directly making it to the quarterfinal and the second-placed teams from each Elite Group and the winners of the Plate Group playing three pre-quarter-finals to decide the Quarter-Finals lineup. Men's Under-19 groupings Elite A: Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Andhra, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Odisha (in Mohali) Elite B: MP, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh (in Delhi) Elite C: Mumbai, Hyderabad, Team Rajasthan, Tripura, Assam and Goa (in Ahmedabad) Elite D: Haryana, Punjab, Bengal, Baroda, Kerala and Uttarakhand (in Hyderabad) Elite E: Karnataka, Jharkhand, Vidarbha, Saurashtra, J& K and Pondicherry (in Indore) Plate: Nagaland, Arunachal, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Manipur (in Ranchi) Women's Under-19 groupings Elite A: UP, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Assam, Gujarat and Vidarbha (in Rajkot) Elite B: Delhi, Goa, Bengal, Pondicherry, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu (in Nagpur) Elite C: MP, Kerala, Baroda, Haryana, Chhattisgarh and Bihar (in Vizag) Elite D: Andhra, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Saurashtra and Chandigarh (in Surat) Elite E: Punjab, Odisha, Himachal, Karnataka, Tripura and Mizoram (in Jaipur) Plate: Nagaland, Manipur, Sikkim, Meghalaya, J & K and Arunachal Pradesh (in Bhubaneswar)