MCC Women will tour the West Indies for the first time in their history when they leave Lord’s for Trinidad & Tobago today.
The 14-strong squad, captained by former England all-rounder Bev Nicholson, will play seven games - four in Trinidad and three in Tobago.
In another historic twist, the women will be using pink balls in the three Twenty20 matches in Trinidad. They will also play four 50-over matches and run three coaching sessions for aspiring young cricketers.
The seven matches will be played at four grounds across the two islands, including two at Queen’s Park Oval.
The first of these - a Twenty20 match against Trinidad & Tobago on 28 February - will be staged immediately before the West Indies v Zimbabwe men’s International Twenty20 at the famous Port of Spain ground.
Current MCC Young Cricketer and young England off-spinner Charlie Russell is in the squad alongside eleven other county players.
MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, said: "MCC is committed to developing women’s cricket - from engaging women as professionals on our Young Cricketers staff to the work we do with female students at Loughborough MCC University.
"By beating England the West Indies showed that women’s cricket in the region is resurgent, and I expect the competition to be tough and intense.
"The squad contains several coaches so they will be able to pass their skills on to young girls interested in the game in Trinidad & Tobago."