Ashmini Munisar (captain), Shalini Samaroo (vice captain), Asabi Callender, Najanni Cumberbatch, Realeanna Grimmond, Zaida James, Djenaba Joseph, KD-Jazz Mitchell, Ashley Ramnath, Samara Ramnath, Shunelle Sawh, Kate Wilmot
T&T’s Shalini Samaroo, Djenaba Joseph, KD-Jazz Mitchell, Samara Ramnath and Shunelle Sawh were named on the West Indies Women’s Under-19 squad to face USA Women’s U-19s in a five-match T20 International (T20I) Series which starts today.
The Cricket West Indies (CWI) Women’s Selection Panel yesterday announced the regional U-19 squad and the two teams will meet at the Broward County Stadium in Florida from today until Sunday.
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The 12-member squad will be led by Ashmini Munisar with Samaroo as the vice captain. The selectors originally named 15 players but three were unable to secure traveling visas to make the tour. Munisar is a right-handed batter and off-spinner, while Samaroo is a left-handed batter and off-spinner
The team has a number of other exciting allrounders, including Joseph, who was the leading run-maker in the CWI Rising Stars U-19 T20 tournament played last month. The most experienced player is Zaida James, the left-handed batter, who was traveling reserve for the West Indies Women’s Senior team earlier this year. Last year she represented West Indies Women’s “A” Team against Pakistan “A” Team
The head coach is Steve Liburd, the former Leeward Islands batsman and West Indies Men’s U-19s assistant coach; with Merissa Aguilleira, the former West Indies Women’s and T&T captain, as the team manager
Both teams have qualified for the inaugural ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup taking place in South Africa in January 2023 and this upcoming series will be ideal preparation for the global event
Ann Browne-John, lead selector for West Indies Women said: “History has been created with the selection of this West Indies U-19 team. No cricket tournaments were played during the pandemic, and it was therefore not only important, but also an eye-opener to view the girls in the recent U-19 tournament. The selectors were extremely pleased with the quality of skill shown by these young players. The team has a good mix of batting and bowling including some left-handers.”
Browne-John added: “There are a few players including the captain Ashmini Munisar and Djenaba Joseph who recently played major roles for their senior teams in the regional tournament in Guyana. This series as well as a few other planned upcoming events would help the players in their development thrust as they prepare for the ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup in January.”
The first two games will be held under floodlights with 6.30 pm starts on Monday and Tuesday. The remaining three matches in the series will all be daylight games with 10.30 am starts on Thursday and Fridaybefore the fifth and final match of the series on Sunday.
Ashmini Munisar (captain), Shalini Samaroo (vice captain), Asabi Callender, Najanni Cumberbatch, Realeanna Grimmond, Zaida James, Djenaba Joseph, KD-Jazz Mitchell, Ashley Ramnath, Samara Ramnath, Shunelle Sawh, Kate Wilmot.
Steve Liburd (head coach), Samantha Lynch (assistant coach), Jamal Smith (assistant coach), Merissa Aguilleira (team manager), Asia Joseph (strength & conditioning coach), Tori-Ann Grant (physiotherapist)
SCHEDULE – at Broward County Stadium
Today: 1st Women’s U-19 T20I, 6.30 pm
Tomorrow: 2nd Women’s U-19 T20I, 6.30 pm
Thursday: 3rd Women’s U-19 T20I, 10.30 am
Friday: 4th Women’s U-19 T20I, 10.30 am
Sunday: 5th Women’s U-19 T20I, 10.30 am