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Fit-again Henry named in West Indies' provisional squad for first two Ireland ODIs

Offspinner Ashmini Munisar and wicketkeeper Shunelle Sawh also earn maiden call-ups

Chinelle Henry missed the recent Super50 Cup and T20 Blaze  •  CWI Media

Chinelle Henry missed the recent Super50 Cup and T20 Blaze  •  CWI Media

West Indies have named fit-again Chinelle Henry in their 16-member provisional squad for the first two ODIs of their three-match series against Ireland. The allrounder has fully recovered from the injury that kept her out of the recent Super50 Cup and T20 Blaze.
Offspinner Ashmini Munisar and wicketkeeper Shunelle Sawh have also earned their maiden call-ups. Munisar, West Indies' captain at the Under-19 T20 World Cup earlier this year, was the joint-third highest wicket-taker in the T20 Blaze with six scalps from five games. Her economy of 3.31 was the best among those who bowled at least ten overs in the tournament.
Hayley Matthews will continue to lead the squad; Shemaine Campbelle will be her deputy. The official squad of 13 players will be named ahead of each match.
"The ODI series against Ireland gives a good opportunity for batters to focus and to stay longer at the crease and build an innings," Ann Browne-John, CWI's lead selector for women's cricket, said. "A number of the younger players would be transitioning from the shorter format to the 50-over format. They definitely have the potential, and it is important that the policy of identifying young players and developing the talent pool is continued."
The ODI series is part of the Women's Championship, where West Indies and Ireland are the bottom-most teams. Both teams have played six games each so far; West Indies have one win while Ireland are yet to open their account.
"The squad shows a great balance of batting coupled with a variety of bowling styles, which is something that has been lacking in the recent past," Browne-John said. "Victory here will provide valuable points as the team attempts to move up in the rankings and qualify for the World Cup."
The ODI series from June 26, West Indies' first ODI cricket since December 2022, will be followed by three T20Is. All six matches will be played at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia, and for the first time, a full West Indies Women's bilateral home series will be broadcast live on television.
These are West Indies' only home fixtures this year.
Provisional squad for first two ODIs: Hayley Matthews (capt), Shemaine Campbelle (vice-capt), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shamilia Connell, Chinelle Henry, Afy Fletcher, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Shabika Gajnabi, Zaida James, Djenaba Joseph, Qiana Joseph, Ashmini Munisar, Karishma Ramharack, Shunelle Sawh, Stafanie Taylor, Rashada Williams