Japhina Joseph, national female cricketer, is among twenty-four (24) leading West Indies Women cricketers who have already gathered in Antigua for a West Indies Training Camp, in preparation for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers for the 2021 Women’s World Cup in Sri Lanka in July.
The Camp, held at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, began last Saturday, January 09, and will run until February 01.
With her call-up to West Indies level training, Joseph, an aggressive top order batter, who also bowls medium pace, represents J.G Tigress and Sons in the local female cricket competitions, now has a chance of joining the likes of fellow Vincentians Cordel Jack, Julian Nero, Phernal Charles and Janelle Greaves, who have all worn the West Indies colour.
The confident young lady, who is the niece of former Windward Islands Captain Dawnley Joseph, said her call-up was something she expected after her good performances in the last Cricket West Indies Invitational tournament in Trinidad.
“My performance in the last Under-19 Female Tournament in Trinidad for the Windward Islands, where I was given the role as the vice-captain, went extremely well… I finished the tournament among the top 5 batters. My highest score was 68 not out against Guyana and was Player of the Match, an award I also got against Jamaica for my unbeaten 34,” Joseph recalled.
As a direct result of her performance, she was included in the West Indies Development Team.
Just before her departure for Antigua, Joseph said, “Well, it’s a great feeling to be among some of the world’s best cricketers. It will be a good experience to see how they train and communicate with everyone.”
As far as what she was looking to accomplish, she said, “What I am looking to achieve from the camp is first to get selected to the West Indies team. Being part of that set-up would mean a lot to me and I know it will take hard work, determination, discipline. But, it’s all about improving my cricket.”
She made no bones about expecting the training to be challenging “because it’s a high level for me,” but she assured, “I am willing to work hard and smart to improve my cricket and hope for the best.”
The camp will be the first face-to-face assignment with the players for new head coach Courtney Walsh.
News reports say that as far as measures relating to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic are concerned, Cricket West Indies (CWI) has been working closely with the Ministries of Health and Sport in Antigua and Barbuda to orchestrate logistics and agree the safety protocols for the commencement and duration of the camp.
Al players and support staff were tested twice before their travel to Antigua. There were no positive test results.
The players and support staff, according to reports from Antigua, will train and live in a bio-secure bubble for the duration of the camp, during which they will have four more tests.