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Captain says West Indies women cricketers won't be distracted by men's team pay row

West Indies women's captain Merissa Aguilleira doesn't want the drama enveloping the men's team to affect her side's history-making tour of Australia.

As they prepare for their first-ever series against the Southern Stars, the West Indies women's team watched from afar as their male counterparts pulled out of their tour of India over a pay dispute.

West Indies women's cricket captain Merissa Aguilleira training at Manuka Oval on Monday.
West Indies women's cricket captain Merissa Aguilleira training at Manuka Oval on Monday. Photo: Melissa Adams

In response, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is reportedly preparing to claim damages of least $US65 million ($74 million) for lost earnings - and forecasting the cancellation of India's series in the Caribbean in 2016.

That would be a dagger to the heart of West Indies cricket and has raised fears they could be forced to withdraw from next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

In Canberra for two games against a Cricket Australia XI captained by dual international Ellyse Perry on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aguilleira said the women's team had done its best to separate itself from what was happening with the men.

"We've been following it, it's been hard, but we don't want it to be distracting us," Aguilleira said.

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"We came here to represent the West Indies and we want to make sure our fans aren't disappointed.

"We're here to play cricket, that's our focus. 

"I really wish the guys good luck and I know they're going through a tough time right now."

West Indies women's coach Sherwin Campbell - who played 52 Tests and 90 one-day internationals for the West Indies between 1994 and 2002 - was confident the dramas wouldn't affect his side.

"We are separate teams and separate tours and we are focused on that," Campbell said.

"You don't want to see teams not being able to go to events, so hopefully they can resolve the issue as quickly as possible."

Campbell's priority is ensuring the West Indies women's team can put up a good showing in its first tour of Australia.

The series is the second round of the newly formed ICC Women's Championship, which has been developed to create a more extensive and meaningful bilateral playing programme for women's cricket.

The West Indies won all four of its one-day games at home to New Zealand in the opening round, but lost the Twenty20 series 2-1.

The Southern Stars will take on the West Indies in four Twenty20 internationals and four one-day internationals  from November 2 to November 18.

ACT Meteors spinner Rhiannon Dick will be making her representative debut as part of the Cricket Australia XI.

Tuesday's game is at Chisholm Oval from 2pm, with Wednesday's match at Manuka Oval starting at 10am.