The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) will for the first time in a decade participate in a regional U-19 women’s competition. A delegation which includes 14 players will depart Jamaica for Trinidad and Tobago next Monday for a regional T-20 tournament.

This competition is an initiative of the Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board (TICB); it invites the participation of teams across the Caribbean and Canada. The twin-island republic hosts the event this year from April 15 – 22.

On previous occasions, Jamaica declined participation as the preparations were insufficient to field a strong, competitive outfit. The JCA, as part of its renewed thrust on youth development, started a U-19 female programme in September 2018.

Following the progression of the young ladies in a six-month training camp, the JCA’s technical team advised the board of directors that the TTCB’s invitation to participate in the 2019 edition could be accepted.

Coach Shane Brooks believes Jamaica’s participation in the regional competition augurs well for the future of the sport for women locally.

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