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Selman confident of WI Women’s Cup victory

Captains of women’s cricket teams (from left) West Indies’ Merissa Aguilleira, India’s Mithali Raj, England’s captain Charlotte Edwards and Sri Lanka’s Shashikala Siriwardena posing with the ICC Women's World Cup yesterday.  (AP Picture)

Mon, January 28, 2013 - 12:03 AM

Experienced swing bowler Shakera Selman believes the West Indies can win the ICC Women’s World Cup which starts in India this week.

“The girls are more experienced than we were four years ago when we went to Australia and there is real belief in the camp that we can win the tournament.

“We are far from home, but the pitches are similar to some of those back home, so that could work in our favour,” Selman said in an interview with WICB Media.

The Windies arrived in India last Thursday and will play warm-up matches against Australia today and a local XI tomorrow before clashing with India in their first tournament match on Thursday.

Selman, 23, said she is fully prepared for her second ICC 50-over world event, having played four years ago in Australia.

“We came a bit earlier than the other teams. We have been able to shake off the jet lag and we feel ready to play.

Most of the other teams came in today (yesterday) and it’s starting to feel like the World Cup is here,” said Selman, who has played 43 One-Dayers and 34 Twenty20s.

This is her fifth international tournament, having also played in the ICC World T20 Championships in England (2009), West Indies (2010) and Sri Lanka (2012), and Selman said she was “massively excited” about the coming weeks.

She added that the coming eight-team event which ends on February 17 was by far the biggest of her career since she made her international debut in 2008. (PR/EZS)

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