Team Preview | ICC U-19 Women's T20 World Cup | West Indies
Written By: Jeet Vachharajani & Ritwika Dhar
Picture Courtesy: Cricket Queens
The future for the West Indies looks bright & that's because of the talent that's coming through in the U-19s. There are impact batters, impact bowlers, & impact all-rounders.
West Indies is placed in Group C alongside Indonesia, Ireland, & New Zealand.
West Indies has 2 players who have represented the senior side - Trishan Holder (6 caps) & Djenaba Joseph (4 caps)
West Indies automatically qualified for the ICC U-19 Women's T20 World Cup being a full-member nation. In August 2022, they played a 5-match T20 series against USA and lost by 4-1. They later toured India to play a Quadrungular T20 series against India A, India B, and Sri Lanka U-19s. On the same tour, they also played a 2-match T20 series against the New Zealand Development squad. While they didn't have any success to boast of, they also had some key players missing.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Zaida James: The young left-arm spin all-rounder is a well-known player in the domestic circuit being an individual having been awarded the Player of the Tournament in a couple of age-group tournaments. West Indies have the same problem at the senior level as New Zealand with a lack of left-arm spin options. They have Qiana Joseph, who is being left out due to fitness reasons despite being one of the best players in the WCPL, & Zaida James is another option who has been making rapid strides. She turns the ball & she has an excellent batting technique to provide an all-round quality option.
Ashmini Munisar: The skipper would be leading the spin attack with her very accurate off-spin bowling. She gets the ball to turn and has an excellent arm ball. Add to this her ability to generate drift and she becomes an incredibly potent spin option.
Jannillea Glasgow: The new ball pacer will bring a major threat in the powerplay if the conditions are pace-friendly. She gets the ball to shape away and manages to extract bounce with her height.
Trishan Holder: Trishan has the experience of playing for the senior side and it's because she strikes it clean and has good technique at a young age. While she hasn't had much success in an extremely short career so far, it is evident as to why she is going to succeed.
Djenaba Joseph: Another all-rounder in the side and she made her debut barely a month ago for the senior team against England. She has the potential of becoming a very good pace all-rounder and her role with the ball could be more in the upcoming tournament.
West Indies are in a group which should be easy for them to maneuver. They would be eyeing a spot in the Super 6s, but that is where their true challenge would lie.