Guyanese Ashmini Munisar to captain WI U-19 team on tour of India

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Guyanese cricketer Ashmini Munisar has been named West Indies Under-19 captain for the Caribbean side’s tour of India between November 13-24, Cricket West Indies announced on Friday.

Below is the full release issued by Cricket West Indies

The Cricket West Indies Selection Panel today named the West Indies Women’s U-19 squad for the upcoming tour of India. The players for the T20 matches were selected after trial matches in Trinidad.

Ashmini Munisar has been named as captain of the 15-member squad with Trishan Holder as vice-captain. They will be under the guidance of Head Coach Steve Liburd. Munisar is an all-rounder who led the team when West Indies U-19 played against USA Women’s U-19 in Fort Lauderdale in August.

Holder is a top-order batter who was a member of the Barbados team at the Commonwealth Games playing matches against Pakistan, Australia and India.

The upcoming tour will feature matches against India ‘A’ Women U-19, India ‘B’ Women U-19 and Sri Lanka Women U-19 in Visakhapatnam at the Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy International Cricket Stadium.

West Indies will then travel to Mumbai where they play against New Zealand Women U-19 at the D.Y. Patil Stadium.

Matches start at: 09:00h local (23:30h previous day Eastern Caribbean/22:30h previous day Jamaica) and 13:00h local time (03:30h same day Eastern Caribbean/02:30h Jamaica).

West Indies Under-19 players and management staff

Lead Selector, Ann Browne-John said: “As part of the preparation for the tour the squad was involved in some practice matches during a seven-day training camp in Trinidad. The final team selected contained some of the players who participated in the series in the USA and there are some new players who the panel would like to have a look at before a final team is selected for the World Cup.”

She added: “The composition of the team is quite balanced with some strong batters and a good mix of spin and medium pacers. It will be their first experience against top international teams and these tour matches will give a better indication of where the team is at the moment.”

This series in the sub-continent will form a crucial part of the team’s preparations for the inaugural ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023. The global event will feature 41 matches be played from January 14-29 in South Africa.

The official warm-up matches will be from January 9-11. The 16 participating teams will play in four groups in the preliminary round. West indies have been drawn in Group C, alongside New Zealand, Ireland and Indonesia.

FULL SQUAD: Ashmini Munisar (captain), Trishan Holder (vice-captain), Asabi Callendar, Kenika Cassar, Jahzara Claxton, Naijanni Cumberbatch, Jannillea Glasgow, Realeanna Grimmond, Zaida James, Djenaba Joseph, KDJazz Mitchell, Shalini Samaroo, Shunelle Sawh, Lena Scott, Kate Wilmott

MATCH SCHEDULE

Sunday, 13 November – vs India ‘A’ at Vizag (9am)

Tuesday, 15 November – vs Sri Lanka at Vizag (9am)

Thursday, 17 November – vs Sri Lanka at Vizag (1pm)

Saturday, 19 November – Final at Vizag (1pm)

Tuesday, 22 November – vs New Zealand at Mumbai (1pm)

Thursday, 24 November – vs New Zealand at Mumbai (1pm)

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