Anisa Mohammed will return to Trinidad and Tobago colours for the first time since she picked up an injury at the end of the West Indies Women’s World Cup campaign in India in February, when they finished second.
Mohammed was on Sunday named in a squad of 14 to represent T&T at the upcoming regional tournament, which bowls off from August 3-22 in Grenada.
The tournament will include both 50-over and T20 competitions.
West Indies captain and wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira, of course, will skipper T&T at the tournament, where they will be hoping for a better performance than in 2012. Last year, as favourites, T&T were edged out in the T20 final due to a batting collapse, after topping the round robin stage. No 50-over event was staged last year.
There are no real surprises on the T&T squad, with Selene O’Neil and Kamara Ragoobar, of Cricket Lovers and T&T Women’s Cricket Association (TTWCA) League champions Moosai Ladies respectively, earning picks after featuring in T&T’s successful tour to South Africa in May. The only new face is Spice Girls’ Stephanie Ramcharan, an all-rounder who bowls medium pace.
Mohammed’s twin, Alisa, hard-hitting opener Amanda Samaroo, Moosai captain Lee-Ann Kirby, Technocrats’s Stacy-Ann King and fellow all-rounder Britney Cooper—Aguilleira’s clubmate at Phoenix Women—along with Kirbyina Alexander (all-rounder; Moosai) and off-spinner Gaitri Seetahal (Technocrats), are all regulars on the national team.
King, Mohammed (Anisa) and Aguilleira are all West Indies regulars, while Alexander, Samaroo and Cooper have all played for the regional team.
The T&T reserve players are all gearing up to represent T&T’s Under-19 team in their upcoming Regional Invitational tournament, which bowls off on Thursday. Loretta Eligon is the captain of that team, while Chantal Emmanuel and Rackeal Bissoon were both on the South Africa tour. Also for the regional tournament, Barbados have named a strong squad, headlined by Deandra Dottin—who played for T&T last year—sisters Kycia and Kyshona Knight, Barbados under-19 skipper Shaquana Quintyne, Shakera Selman and veteran player Pamela Lavine, all of whom have West Indies experience.
T&T Squad: Merissa Aguilleira (captain), Anisa Mohammed (vice captain), Alisa Mohammed, Amanda Samaroo, Britney Cooper, Gaitri Seetahal, Kamara Ragoobar, Kirbyina Alexander, Lee-Ann Kirby, Samantha Bissoon, Selene O’Neil, Shenelle Lord, Stacy-Ann King, Stephanie Ramcharan; Marjorie Thomas (manager/coach), John Trumpet (assistant coach), Wayne Samuel (trainer).
Reserves: Rackeal Bissoon, Leandra Ramdeen, Chantal Emmanuel, Loretta Eligon, Sharnella Townsend)