Four uncapped players have been named in a 15-woman squad by the West Indies Cricket Board Selection Panel to compete at the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup from June 24 to July 23 in England.
The four uncapped players are making their maiden trip with the squad are: Reniece Boyce, a 19-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman from 2016 and 2017 Regional Women Super50 champions Trinidad and Tobago; Quianna Joseph, a 16-year-old fast bowler and lower order batter from Saint Lucia; Akeira Peters, a 23-year-old left-handed all-rounder from Grenada; and Felecia Walters, a 25-year-old opening batsman and part-time spin bowler from Trinidad and Tobago.
The full squad is: 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, and Felicia Walters.
The Team Management Unit consist of 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), and Trent Sargeant (Video Data Analyst).
Speaking on the composition of the squad, Chairman of the Selection Panel Courtney Browne said that 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.
In justifying the inclusion of four uncapped players in the squad, “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.”
On the return of left-handed all-rounder Shanel Daley, it is to be noted that 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 the WICB medical personnel, as well as Oba Gulston, the physiotherapist for the women’s team, will continue to monitor and manage her.
Browne also confirmed that all-rounder Shaquana Quintyne was not considered for selection, due to injury.
2017 ICC Women's World Cup
Schedule of Matches for 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: Semi-final 1 – County Ground, Bristol
20: Semi-final 2 – County Ground, Derby
23: Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 – Lord’s, London