King has a dream of more success for Windies girls

Bridgetown, Barbados - Experienced allrounder Stacy-Ann King is clear in her mind what she wants to achieve when the West Indies play in the upcoming ICC Women's Challenge in Potchefstroom, South Africa later this month. The 27-year-old left-handed batter, who also bowls left-arm medium-pace, wants to be part of a winning team and she is willing to do what is required to drive the team to victory.

King has been playing at the international level for close to three years and with 27 ODIS and 19 T20 Internationals under her belt, she is one of the most experienced members of the squad. She is fully aware she has a key role to play.

“We are going to the tournament ranked in fifth place [in the ICC rankings] we want to maintain that position, so clearly that would mean we have to win the tournament down in South Africa,” she said. The ICC Women’s Challenge Tournament is for the teams ranked from Number 5 to Number 10.

King added: “My overall goal as a player is to continue where I left off in the West Indies Cricket Board’s 50-Over League in August. I want to continue to occupy the crease for long periods and build a good score for the team. I know I have an important role to play in the middle-order. Also, as a senior player, I might be called on to offer whatever advice I can to the captain and other team-mates.”

During the camp in Barbados, King worked with Ottis Gibson, the Head Coach of the West Indies team, who joined the women at various stages during their training sessions. She said it was a great opportunity to get some new ideas, especially on her bowling.

“During the camp I got to speak to Ottis Gibson about areas in my bowling and he offered some great advice. We discussed my run up and he suggested that everything was OK, but the aim is to get the ball in the right areas and let it do the work. It was just a short period, but he offered some very useful tips,” she said.

“The camp was very good. I got to work on both in my bowling and my batting so overall it was a productive period. My preparations for this tour started before while I was back in Trinidad so the camp was a continuation of what I started before. I’m hoping that the hard work will pay off when I get on tour.”

The West Indies women depart from Barbados on Saturday evening for the tour. They are due to arrive in Potchefstroom on Monday.

Merissa Aguilleira (Trinidad and Tobago) Captain/Wicket-keeper
Anisa Mohammed (Trinidad and Tobago) Vice Captain
Shemaine Campbell (Guyana) Wicket-keeper
Britney Cooper (Trinidad and Tobago)
Shanel Daley (Jamaica)
Deandra Dottin (Barbados)
Pearl Etienne (Dominica)
Cordel Jack (St Vincent and the Grenadines)
Stacy-Ann King (Trinidad and Tobago)
Subrina Munroe (Guyana)
Juliana Nero (St Vincent and the Grenadines)
Shakera Selman (Barbados)
Tremayne Smartt (Guyana)
Stafanie Taylor (Jamaica)

One-Day Internationals

October 6 – Pakistan v Ireland (NWU 1); West Indies v Netherlands (Witrand); South Africa v Sri Lanka (Senwes)
October 7 – Netherlands v Sri Lanka (NWU 1); Ireland v West Indies (NWU 2); Pakistan v South Africa (Witrand)
October 8 – Rest/Reserve Day
October 9 – West Indies v Sri Lanka (NWU 1); Netherlands v Pakistan (NWU 2); Ireland v South Africa (Witrand)
October 10 – South Africa v West Indies (NWU 1); Sri Lanka v Pakistan (NWU 2); Ireland v Netherlands (Senwes)
October 11 – Rest/Reserve Day
October 12 – South Africa v Netherlands (NWU 2); Sri Lanka v Ireland (Witrand); West Indies v Pakistan (Senwes)

T20 Internationals
T20 Group A: West Indies (fifth), South Africa (seventh), Netherlands (tenth)
T20 Group B: Pakistan (sixth), Sri Lanka (eighth), Ireland (ninth)

October 14 – West Indies v South Africa (NWU 1); Pakistan v Sri Lanka (NWU 2)
October 14 – South Africa v Netherlands (NWU 1); Sri Lanka v Ireland (NWU 2)
October 15 – Rest/Reserve Day
October 16 – Netherlands v West Indies (NWU 1); Ireland v Pakistan (NWU 2)
October 16 – A1 v B1 (NWU 1); A2 v B2 (NWU 2); A3 v B3 (Witrand)