USA Women are back in action today against hosts, Cayman Islands five months after finishing 8th out of 10 in the Women World Cup Cricket Qualifier (WWCQ) in Bangladesh last November.
The squad arrived in Cayman Islands on Wednesday, April 18 for the ICC Americas Division I Twenty Twenty Championship which begins today, Monday, April 23 until Saturday, April 28. Participating teams include USA, Canada, Bermuda, Argentina, Brazil, and hosts, Cayman Islands. The winner of this tournament will advance to the Women’s World Cup T20 Qualifier in 2013 at a location to be determined.
Team USA is being led by coach Basil Butcher Jr., son of the famous West Indian cricketer, Basil Butcher; managed by Malika Frank; and joined by Brian Jackson as physiotherapist – the first natural-born American to be a supporting staff member on a USA women’s cricket team. The team is skippered by 28-year old Candacy Atkins, former West Indian cricketer, and USA Vice-Captain in the 2009 ICC Americas Championship. She also played on the victorious 2010 team to Canada which sealed the berth to the WWCQ in Bangladesh last November.
Provided that USA win all of their early games as expected, the final match-up with Canada should be a thriller and the deciding game to determine who advances to next year’s global qualifiers. In 2010, USA defeated Canada 3-0 in the Americas World Cup Qualifier but lost 0-2 in the T20 format. Canada will enter the duel with a psychological edge over USA in the shortest format of the game. USA women will have to deliver something special to defeat Canada for the top spot.
Candacy Atkins (Captain)
Basil Butcher (Coach)
Malika Frank (Manager)
Brian Jackson (Physio)
Selwyn Caesar (USACA Official)
Monday, April 23: USA v Cayman Islands
Tuesday, April 24: USA v Brazil
Wednesday, April 25: USA v Argentina
Thursday, April 26: REST DAY
Friday, April 27: USA v Bermuda
Saturday, April 28: USA v Canada