Selectors have included four newcomers in the West Indies 15-man squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup starting next month in England.
Teenaged T&T Reniece Boyce and Felicia Walters, along with Quiana Joseph and Akeira Peters, will join an otherwise experienced unit for the June 24 to July 25 campaign.
Also, four players from T&T are in the squad - Merissa Aguilleira, who led T&T the just concluded regional Super50 women championships, Felicia Walter, ace spinner Aisa Mohammed and Boyce. Stafanie Taylor will lead the squad again.
Making their maiden trip with the squad are: Boyce, a 19-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman from regional champions T&T, Joseph, a 16-year-old fast bowler from St. Lucia, Peters, a 23-year-old left-handed all-rounder from Grenada; and Walters, a 25-year-old opening batsman and part-time spin bowler, also from T&T.
On the composition of the squad, Chairman of the Selection Panel Courtney Browne said, “The team is composed of a mixture of youth and experience. Performances in this year’s Women’s Regional Super50 Tournament along with the form of incumbent players over the last few international tours were taken into consideration.”
Browne added, “The panel felt that we have enough experience in the side and that all four players bring a specific skill-set to the team. It should also be noted that all four players are products of our last training camp for emerging women’s players held last year. We also feel at this time that these players, although not as experienced, have shown improvement and can add value to our squad. We would encourage those that missed out to continue working and improving their skills, so that they can be considered for future tours.”
With regards to left-handed all-rounder Shanel Daley he said, “Shanel’s ability as a player has never been in question. She however, had some injury issues over the last few years. Those issues are now under control and our medical personnel, as well as Oba Gulston, the physiotherapist for the women’s team, will continue to monitor and manage her.”
Stafanie Taylor (captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Quiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman, Felicia Walters.
TEAM MANAGEMENT UNIT
• Vasbert Drakes (Head Coach)
• Ann Browne-John (Team Operations Manager)
• Ezra Moseley (Assistant Coach)
• Stuart Williams (Assistant Coach)
• Oba Gulston (Physiotherapist)
• Hector Martinez-Charles (Fitness Coordinator)
• Donald La Guerre (Performance Specialist)
• Trent Sargeant (Video Data Analyst)
ICC WOMEN’S WORLD CUP—Schedule of Matches – West Indies Women
26: Australia vs West Indies – County Ground, Taunton
29: West Indies vs India – County Ground, Taunton
2: South Africa vs West Indies – Grace Road, Leicester
6: New Zealand vs West Indies – County Ground, Taunton
9: West Indies vs Sri Lanka – County Ground, Derby
11: West Indies vs Pakistan – Grace Road, Leicester
15:England vs West Indies – County Ground, Bristol
18: Semifinal 1 – County Ground, Bristol
20: Semifinal 2 – County Ground, Derby
23: Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 – Lord’s, London