Browne defends Windies’ selections

Chairman of selectors Courtney Browne has stated that the inclusion of four newcomers to the West Indies Women’s Team is as a result of their improvement and the skills that they will bring to the squad.

The 15-member squad was announced yesterday and includes two teenagers among the four newcomers for next month’s ICC Women’s World Cup. Noticeably missing are the experienced duo of Britney Cooper and Stacy-Ann King, as well as Kycia Knight, Subrina Munroe and Shaquanna Quintyne.

Trinidad and Tobago batters Reniece Boyce and Felicia Walters, along with the Windward Islands pair of Quiana Joseph and Akeira Peters, will join the otherwise experienced unit for the June 24 to July 25 showpiece.

The side, which will again be captained by the highly-rated Stafanie Taylor, includes the likes of exciting Barbados opener Hayley Matthews, veteran and former skipper Merissa Aguilleira and explosive all-rounder Deandra Dottin.

“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,” Browne said.

“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.”

Boyce, a 19-year-old wicketkeeper/batter from reigning champions T&T, can count herself extremely lucky after scoring 64 runs  at an average of 16, with a highest score of 31, in the recently completed Women’s Super50 in St Vincent.

Her more experienced teammates, Cooper (107) and King (106) – with 115 One-Day Internationals among them – scored more and also chipped in with half-centuries.

Joseph, meanwhile, a 16-year-old fast bowler from St. Lucia along with her Grenadian teammate Peters, a 23-year-old left-handed all-rounder, can also consider themselves fortunate.

Left-armer Joseph made the squad on the basis of her seven wickets at 15 runs apiece while Peters picked up five wickets and scored 20 runs.

Experienced Guyana fast bowler Munroe was impressive with 13 wickets at nine runs apiece, but was however overlooked.

Walters, a 25-year-old opening batter and part-time spin bowler, was among the tournament’s leading scorers and secured her place in the squad by gathering 149 runs at an average of nearly 50.

Meanwhile, talented all-rounder Jamaican Shanel Daley has been included three years after she played her last match for West Indies, after overcoming some fitness issues.

However, the 28-year-old, who has played 64 ODIs, had a poor Super50 campaign, with scores of 4, 3, 17 and 0 to end with a paltry 24 runs in total. She fared no better with the ball, taking four wickets.

Browne said her injury worries were now behind her and she would be managed carefully going forward.

“Shanel’s ability as a player has never been in question. She however, had some injury issues over the last few years,” he noted.

“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.”

Quintyne is said to be recovering from an injury.

West Indies, the reigning Twenty20 World champions, were good enough to reach the final of the last Women’s World Cup in India four years ago before losing to Australia. 

SQUAD – 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, Felicia Walters.

Source: (CMC)

3 Responses to Browne defends Windies’ selections

  1. Fan May 10, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Will have to trust the selection panel even though the explanation for the inclusion of most of the new members in the team is a bit puzzling ! We will wait and see what the selectors have seen in them that would make their inclusion worthwhile to the team in this most important tournament . The explanation at the conclusion cannot be that it was designed to groom them as that is not the place for grooming and certainly not that many players! I wish the team all the best and hope they will do us proud.

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  2. Mikey May 10, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Fan,, You have gone soft on the Selectors. I want to single out the Chairman who apparently believes that because He might have had a bad break for the WI men’s Team that he should come to this very important job with a hatchet in his hand.
    He has done this with the men’s team and now he is using the hatchet on the womens\’s team.
    Big men have to put aside their own personal grouses for the good of the Teams, the region and the fans. No one man is more important than the Team and the Fans. It is people like Mr. Courtnay Browne causing West Indies cricket to be in the state it is currently in. Some people’s Ego’s are a bit too big for them to carry around.
    The sooner the game is rid of them the better our cricket will become.

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  3. mark May 12, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    mikey you are correct cricket is a team sport and you should always play your strongest team.but in saying that no player or management team is bigger than the game the managing team must take better care of the fit and injured players . quintyine is one that they need to take better care of. she is a great player.she got injured and they just drop he off .

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