Quintyne out to make her mark
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 Garrison School girl told the Windiescricket.com website.
The West Indies Women’s team began their Women’s World Cup Qualifiers in Bangladesh in fine style on Monday with a lopsided 213-run triumph over Ireland.
Quintyne, 15, credits her athletics background, having represented Barbados at the Caribbean Union of Teacher (CUT) Games with being the foundation that enables her 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 represents her school in athletics and netball, along with her twin sister, Sheniqua.
She says she has been warmly welcomed by the team.
“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.