West Indies have included Shakera Selman in the squad for the forthcoming T20I series against India. The 30-year-old quick, who last played for the national team in June this year, has been afflicted with injury concerns and was left out of the ongoing ODI series as a precautionary measure to ensure her full availability for the T20 leg of India’s visit.
Selman’s inclusion is timely given the five-match series across St Lucia and Guyana will mark the last of West Indies’ preparatory games leading up to next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia. All-rounder Chinelle Henry, who suffered a concussion in the first ODI and missed Games 2 and 3, has been passed fit to play the T20Is while Hayley Matthews, a key member of the team’s triumph in the 2016 World T20, has been reinstated into the T20 squad after being suspended during the Australia series.
“Following the ODI Series, the majority of the squad has been retained. Chinelle Henry will hopefully be fit and ready to go again after being sidelined through concussion after the first ODI. Shakera Selman will bring her experience to this team to add more firepower to the bowling attack,” Lead Selector of the Women’s and Girls panel, Ann Browne-John said on Wednesday (November 6).
“The team has always had good performances in T20 matches and this series is vital preparation for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup,” she added.
The first two games of the series will be played in St Lucia on November 9 and 10. The Guyana leg of the series will see the final three T20Is played on November 14, 17 and 20.
Squad: Stafanie Taylor (c), Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Stacey-Ann King, Kyshona Knight, Natasha McLean, Shabika Gajnabi, Shemaine Campbelle, Sheneta Grimmond, Anisa Mohammed, Aaliyah Alleyne, Afy Fletcher, Shakera Selman