Left-arm pacer back after long injury layoff; selectors pick four uncapped players
Shanel Daley returned to the West Indies Women team after an injury layoff, while four uncapped players were brought in, as the squad for the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 was announced on Monday (May 8). There was, however, still no place for Shaquana Quintyne, the all-rounder who has been recovering from a lower abdominal strain.
All the regulars, including Stafanie Taylor, the captain, Deandra Dottin, Merissa Aguilleira, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, and Anisa Mohammed featured in the squad of 15, while there was also room for Reniece Boyce, Quiana Joseph, Akeira Peters and Felicia Walters, none of whom has any international experience. Boyce, the 19-year-old wicketkeeper-batter, and Walters, the 25-year-old top-order batter and part-time medium pacer, are both from Trinidad & Tobago, while Joseph is a 16-year-old fast bowler from St Lucia and Peters a 23-year-old left-handed all-rounder from Grenada.
“The panel felt that we have enough experience in the side and that all four players bring a specific skill-set to the team,” said Courtney Browne, the chairman of the West Indies Cricket Board selection panel. “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.”
Walters, the most experienced of the newcomers, was the Player of the Match in the final of the Regional Super50 tournament on April 30, scoring 53 in 140 balls and returning 3 for 25 as T&T Women beat Barbados Women by 21 runs.
“The team is composed of a mixture of youth and experience,” added Browne. “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.”
On bringing back Daley, the 28-year-old left-arm pacer who has been out of action since the tour of Australia in late 2014, Browne 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.”
West Indies, the defending ICC World Twenty20 champions, had their best 50-over World Cup result in the last edition of the tournament in 2013 in India, when they finished runners-up to Australia Women, Taylor finishing second in the run-getters’ list with 309 runs.
The team, coached by Vasbert Drakes, the former West Indies pacer, will start their ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 campaign against Australia at the County Ground in Taunton on June 26. The tournament, an eight-team league followed by the semi-finals and final, begins on June 24 and runs till July 23.
The squad: Stafanie Taylor (capt), Merissa Aguilleira (wk), 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.