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Windies women confident

Shakera Selman (left) being congratulated by team-mates.

Shakera Selman (left) being congratulated by team-mates.

MUMBAI – Experienced fast bowler Shakera Selman has reported confidence in the Windies Women camp as they prepare to begin their campaign in the ICC Cricket World Cup in India.

West Indies women will be going after what could be their biggest-ever accomplishment in the sport starting with a clash against host India at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.

Selman, who is representing the Windies in her second 50 overs World Cup after the 2009 edition in Australia, says her teammates strongly believe they can cop the coveted title this year.

“The girls are more experienced than we were four years ago when we went to Australia, and there is real belief in the camp that we can win the tournament,” said Selman, who has played 43 One-Day Internationals and 34 Twenty20s.

“We are far from home, but the pitches are similar to some of those back home, so that could work in our favour.”

The Windies women, playing without the world’s leading cricketer, all-rounder Stafanie Taylor, lost to Australia by 135 runs in a warm-up fixture on Monday following a weekend of full training including net sessions.

A second scheduled warm-up match against a Mumbai Combined X1 was cancelled yesterday because of concerns that minor injuries among several players could worsen.

“This is my second World Cup (50 overs). I played my first World Cup in Australia in 2009 and you can feel the vibes for this tournament. It feels much bigger than the tournament back then,” said Selman a final-year student at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies and a WICB-certified coach.

“We came a bit earlier than the other teams, we have been able to shake off the jetlag and we feel ready to play.” (CMC)

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