15 yr old surprised to be WI player
Bridgetown, Barbados – Fifteen year old West Indies Women leg spinner Shaquana Quintyne was surprised to have commenced her international career during her tender teenage years.
“I never thought I would play for the West Indies so soon, I was thinking more like when I was 19 or so but now that I have made the team it is a dream come true and I want to ensure that I do the hard work to maintain my position,” the affable and eloquent teenager said.
The West Indies Women’s team departed the Caribbean yesterday for Bangladesh to take part in the Women’s World Cup Qualifiers.
Quintyne credits her athletics background with being able to cope more easily with the rigours of international cricket.
“The training and fitness is not hard for me because I am accustomed to hard training as an athlete,” said Quintyne who represented Barbados at CARIFTA in sprints.
She says she has been warmly welcomed by the team and have fitted in neatly into the unit.
“It’s a good team unit, we are like a family, it is a nice group to work with the girls are all friendly and we are getting along well,” said the cricket obsessed teenager who debuted for West Indies against Pakistan in St Vincent in September this year.
She has so far played two One Day Internationals and one Twenty20 International.
Ten teams will participate in the qualifiers and the top four teams will join top ranked sides, England, Australia, India and New Zealand in the Women’s World Cup 2013 in India.
The teams have been drawn in two groups for the qualifiers with West Indies in Group B along with Pakistan, Ireland, Japan and hosts Bangladesh. The qualifiers begin on November 14 and run through to November 25.
The West Indies Women completed a two week preparatory camp at the Sagicor High Performance Centre in Barbados prior to leaving the Caribbean.
West Indies squad: Merissa Aguilleira (Captain), Shermaine Campbelle, Britney Cooper, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Pearl Etienne, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Anisa Mohammed, Subrina Munroe, Juliana Nero, Shaquana Quintyne, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor.
Team Management: Sherwin Campbell – Head Coach, Stephanie Power – Assistant Coach, Marjorie Thomas – Team Manager, Janel Springer – Physiotherapist, Amena Highland – Strength and Conditioning Coach
West Indies group schedule
November 14 – West Indies v Ireland
November 17 – West Indies v Pakistan
November 18 – West Indies v Japan
November 20 – West Indies v Bangladesh
Play off matches: November 22-25