Before taking on Australia in the ODI series that got underway in Antigua on September 5th, the West Indies women cricket team’s vice-captain Hayley Matthews was withdrawn from the squad. The 21-year-old was charged with a Code of Conduct breach by the West Indies cricket for an incident that took place in the training session on Wednesday in Antigua.
The board sent out a press release announcing the decision to pull her out from the squad a mere two hours before the stipulated start of the first ODI against Australia on Thursday, in Coolidge.
“Hayley Matthews has been withdrawn from the West Indies Women’s squad for the upcoming series against Australia. This has arisen from a charge of breaching the CWI Code of Conduct following an incident that took place on Wednesday 4th September 2019 in Antigua. The matter has been referred to as CWI Disciplinary Tribunal,” stated a media release.
The statement also said, “CWI will make no further comment at this time.”
With Matthews now flying home to Barbados from Antigua, the CWI interim selection panel has named 21-year-old batsman Sheneta Grimmond from Guyana as her replacement. Grimmond is as of yet, uncapped and could make national team debut in the series against Australia.
West Indies have already had several key players missing the series due to injuries and Matthews’ absence will be yet another blow to the side.
The women of Windies will play three ODIs and three T20Is against Australia.
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