New girl Munroe making the most of every day

Bridgetown, Barbados: Subrina Munroe in the new kid on the block in the West Indies Women's team preparing to tour South Africa next month. After eight years of trying, the strongly-built pacer from New Amsterdam in Guyana, has finally earned a place on the West Indies team. On Saturday she and her team-mates will depart from Barbados for the ICC's Women's Challenge tournament in Potchefstroom.

The girls are presently in camp in Barbados under the guidance of coach Sherwin Campbell as they prepare for the major international assignment.For the 25-year-old Munroe, wearing the Windies colours is a dream come true. Speaking on Tuesday, she was clearly excited to be making the trip.

“It’s all new to me but I’m trying to soak up as much as possible in the time we have here at the camp before we go to South Africa. I’m just trying my best to learn whatever I can and use it as experience when I go on tour,” Munroe said. “Having never played at the highest level before I have no idea what to expect, so my major aim at this stage is to listen to the coach and my team-mates and take advice from them.”

Munroe is one of the fittest members of the team and that is a result of the road she has trod before. As a teenager, she represented Guyana in volleyball and also at the CARIFTA Games, where she competed in shot putt and discus. She is also the fastest bowler in the team and will likely share the new ball with Shakera Selman. This is a challenge Munroe is ready to accept.

“When I first heard I was selected I said ‘the hard work has paid off’. Everything takes work and you don’t get to the top overnight ... this is a stepping stone for me and the tour to South Africa is another step up the ladder. It is a privilege and an honour to represent the West Indies and it’s like a dream to wear West Indies colours. The dream continues in South Africa and you can be sure I will give it my all,” she said.

“When I was younger I played [cricket] in the park for fun but I was not really into cricket. I was more into track and volleyball. I started to take cricket seriously after I decided to switch from the other sporting pursuits. When I started to play cricket everything just clicked. Fast bowling is what I love the most and here I am loving every moment of it.”

FULL SQUAD:
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)

FIXTURES
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)