Bruce called up to West Indies Women
Barbadian seam bowler Shanika Bruce will join the West Indies Women’s team in South Africa for the upcoming T20 International (T20I) Tri-Nation Series against hosts South Africa and India.
She comes in as a replacement for Cherry Ann Fraser who has been ruled out due to injury.
Bruce represented the West Indies Women’s ‘A’ Team in 2021 when Pakistan toured the Caribbean. She has played three T20Is for Barbados at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England last year.
The Tri-Series will be played from January 19 to 30 and forms part of the preparations for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup which will also be played in South Africa.
Lead Selector Ann Browne-John said, “It’s unfortunate that Cherry Ann Fraser has been ruled out of the Tri-Series and ICC Women’s T20 World Cup due to injury. Fraser has shown improvement during the recent series against England and would have provided another fast-bowling option for the skipper. Shanika Bruce will replace Fraser in the Tri-Series squad. Bruce had a successful regional tournament last year and was one of the top bowlers, so as a result we believe she is the right fit for the team at this time.”
The West Indies Women will play at least four matches, playing two matches each against hosts South Africa and India. The two leading teams will then play each other in the Tri-Series Final on February 2. West Indies will also play a warm-up match against South Africa ahead of the Tri-Series at Beacon Bay on January 16.
Final squads for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa must be submitted by February 2. The eighth edition of the marquee ICC Women’s event will begin on February 10 with hosts South Africa taking on Sri Lanka. West Indies have been drawn in Group 2 alongside England, India, Pakistan and Ireland.
FULL SQUAD: Hayley Matthews (Captain), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shanika Bruce, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Chedean Nation, Afy Fletcher, Shabika Gajnabi, Sheneta Grimmond, Chinelle Henry, Karishma Ramharack, Kaysia Schultz, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor and Rashada Williams.
FULL MATCH SCHEDULE
January 16: warm-up match vs South Africa XI at Beacon Bay (start time TBC)
T20I Tri-Series Match Schedule (all matches to be played at Buffalo Park, East London)
January 21: vs South Africa, 3 p.m. local time (9 a.m. Eastern Caribbean/8 a.m. Jamaica)
January 23: vs India, 7 p.m. local time (1pm Eastern Caribbean/noon Jamaica)
January 25: vs South Africa, 3 p.m. local time (9 a.m. Eastern Caribbean/8 a.m. Jamaica)
January 30: vs India, 3 p.m. local time (9 a.m. Eastern Caribbean/8 a.m. Jamaica)
February 2: Tri-Series Final, 3 p.m. local time (9 a.m. Eastern Caribbean/8 a.m. Jamaica)