West Indies selectors have included the U19 World Cup trio of Zaida James, Trishan Holder and Djenaba Joseph in a 15-member squad announced recently to compete in this month’s ICC Twenty 20World Cup in South Africa.
All three players, who have already made their senior team debuts, will be joined by veteran seamer, Shakera Selman, Chinelle Henry and Chedean Nation who missed most of the recent T20 International Tri-series against India and South Africa through injury.
Former captain Stafanie Taylor has been named in the unit but faces a final fitness assessment before her place is confirmed.
“The selectors have opted for a blend of youth and experience for upcoming T20 World Cup,” said Chief Selector Ann Browne-John.
“Four senior players who have been out through injury have returned: Stefanie Taylor, Shakera Selman, Chinelle Henry and Chedean Nation.
“We continue the developmental pathway to grow women’s cricket in the region, hence we feel the time is right to include three of the Under19 Rising Stars in the squad.”
The left-handed James, two fifties in the inaugural ICC Under-19 Women’s World Cup, made the senior team debut in the final game of the Tri-series recently.
Holder, meanwhile, played three T20Is last month on England Women’s five-match tour of the Caribbean, after making her debut for Barbados at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The West Indies Women, the 2016 champions, will compete in Group 2 alongside England, India, Pakistan and Ireland in the Feb. 10-26 tournament.