Ashmini Munisar says is an “immense honor” to lead the West Indies U19 women’s team into battle at the inaugural edition of the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup in January.
The Guyana all-rounder was selected as captain after leading the West Indies U19 on tours of the USA in August and to India in November.
“It is every cricketer’s dream to play for their country let alone be able to captain their team, it is an immense honor that I get to do it at this historic inaugural ICC Women’s U19 World Cup,” Munisar told CWI media.
“We have been playing together for the past few months and all the players are gelling and progressing quite nicely and we’re all excited to represent the West Indies,” she added.
Her bowling and that of Trinidad and Tobago spinner Shalini Samaroo was lauded by the Lead Selector for West Indies women’s cricket, Ann Browne-John.
The former West Indies women’s captain said the upcoming tournament was very important.
“The Under 19 girls T20 World Cup will be a historic event being the first of its kind in women’s international cricket. In preparation for this the team embarked on tours of the USA and the recent Tri-Series in India against the hosts and New Zealand,” said Browne-John.
“These series have identified some competent up-and-coming batters like Djenaba Joseph, Shunelle Sawh, and Trishan Holder who are showing potential to transition to a higher level. We also had excellent performances from the two main spinners, captain Ashmini Munisar and Shalini Samaroo,” she added.
West Indies have been drawn in Group C along with New Zealand, Ireland, and Indonesia in the ICC Women’s U19 T20 World Cup, which runs from 14-19 January 2023 in South Africa.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Joseph, KD Jazz Mitchell, Shalini Samaroo, and Shunelle Sawh were chosen for the West Indies U19 women’s team.
WEST INDIES WOMEN UNDER 19s RISING STARS SQUAD
Ashmini Munisar (captain)
K D Jazz Mitchell
Abini St Jean
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