The Windward Islands Cricket Board (WICB) is making available grants totalling US$25 000 for national associations. These grants are to be used for female cricket. The funding was approved at a WICB board meeting held on October 30, 2021.
The intention of the programme is to aid the development of female cricket throughout the Windward Islands. Each country will run its programme, focussing on talent identification, coaching, or competitive matches. The execution of this initiative is expected to be completed by March 2022.
In the first quarter of 2021, WICB provided similar grants to the four national associations in the Windward Islands. The projects completed under that programme included youth training camps, purchasing equipment for players, and cricket tournaments.
President of the WICB, Vincentian Dr Kishore Shallow noted: “This funding is a much-needed injection in the female game and should afford more emphasis on this component of cricket throughout the Windward Islands, which by extension, augurs well for West Indies cricket”.