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Ready for T20

Shakera Selman

by Marissa Lindsay

Barbados’ female cricket team will be heading to Jamaica on Kadooment Day seeking to make a good impression and return home with the inaugural West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional T20 trophy.

It would be the first time female cricketers within the region will take the spotlight in such a tournament and comes at the conclusion of their male counterpart’s series against the visiting New Zealand team.

Barbados’ captain Shakera Selman told Barbados TODAY the team would be looking to pull out all the stops and bring the trophy back to Barbados. She revealed that the team had started intense training two months ago, three days per week, and so far those preparations had gone extremely well.

“The girls are a lot fitter due to the intense training and where our fielding and bowling are concerned, we should do well because that is our strength as a unit,” Selman said.

She also mentioned the fact that, for the past few years, their batting had not been up to par, especially against powerhouses such as Trinidad and Tobago and home team Jamaica, and that was something they had attempted to address.

Selman said that this year the team consisted of a different batting line-up and hopefully the women would produce some runs in Jamaica. There are four new players in the team, including all-rounders Melissa Howard, Aneka White and Savyair Byron Toney, as well as medium-pacer Shana Thompson.

Barbados possess arguably one of the better teams in the competition and Selman said if any of the other teams in the competition were likely to give them “a run for their money”, it would definitely be the twin-island republic girls and the reggae girls. But, she added, the T20 format was such that as confident as they

were, they had to be prepared for anything and would take no one for granted. For their encounter against Trinidad and Tobago, the local lasses will be

coming up against swash-buckling Barbadian Deandra Dottin who has switched allegiance to that south Caribbean country where she now resides. Barbados’ first game is on August 8 against Dominica, followed by an encounter against Jamaica on the August 9 and Trinidad and Tobago on August 11. (ML)

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