St John’s, Antigua: The West Indies Board’s Selectors today named the following players to represent the West Indies at the International Cricket Council’s Women’s Challenge in Potchefstroom, South Africa in October:

1. Merissa Aguilleira (Trinidad and Tobago) Captain/Wicket-keeper

2. Anisa Mohammed (Trinidad and Tobago) Vice Captain

3. Shemaine Campbell (Guyana) Wicket-keeper

4. Britney Cooper (Trinidad and Tobago)

5. Shanel Daley (Jamaica)

6. Deandra Dottin (Barbados)

7. Pearl Etienne (Dominica)

8. Cordel Jack (St Vincent and the Grenadines)

9. Stacy-Ann King (Trinidad and Tobago)

10. Subrina Munroe (Guyana)

11. Juliana Nero (St Vincent and the Grenadines)

12. Shakera Selman (Barbados)

13. Tremayne Smartt (Guyana)

14. Stafanie Taylor (Jamaica)

Pearl Etienne Profile (cricinfo.com)

Full name  Pearl Sharlin Etienne
Born July 6, 1982, Goodwill, Dominica
Current age 28 years 59 days
Major teams West Indies Women
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

50-over Championship

Wednesday, October 6: vs Netherlands at Witrand Cricket Field

Thursday, October 7: vs Ireland at North West University Ground 2

Saturday, October 9: vs Sri Lanka at North West University Ground 1

Sunday, October 10: vs South Africa at North West University Ground 1

Tuesday, October 12: vs Pakistan at Senwes Park

T20 Challenge

Thursday, October 14: vs South Africa at North West University Ground 1

Saturday, October 16: vs Netherlands at North West University Ground 1

WICB Chairman of Selectors Clyde Butts noted: “We have picked a very good team for the upcoming tournament and I expect them to do very well. We have the nucleus of the team which has been playing together for the last couple of years … most of the players who have done well at the international level. There is a good balance is squad and we have a lot of allrounders.

“The players are growing in experience and this series is being seen as part of the ultimate build-up to the next ICC Women’s World Cup. It is a young team, with a number of players in their teens and early 20s, and we are looking to build with the future in mind. Even though it is a young team, the players are quite experienced at the international level and this trip will be a chance to gain more experience in foreign conditions. We have played in South Africa before so the girls should be familiar with the conditions and know how to adapt when they get there.

“We have two newcomers to the squad – Subrina Munroe and Pearl Etienne. The two new players are both very good seam bowlers and they performed very well in the recent WICB Women’s Tournament in St Vincent. Both can also bat and they can be expected to make good contributions in the lower order. They have been knocking at the door for sometime and have managed to work their way into the team.

“We have not included Pam Lavine in the squad for this tour. She is still a good batter, and she has done well for Barbados and West Indies in the past. Her general fitness worked against her on this occasion and for this tour we decided to look at some other options. Not making the team for this tour does not mean she has been discarded nor has she been retired. She is still part of the overall plans in West Indies Women’s cricket.”