Shania Abdool Thrilled about WI Call

Shania Abdool Thrilled about WI Call

Shania Abdool Thrilled about WI Call 150 150 CWESN

At 18-years old, Shania Abdool is no stranger to cricket, but being called up to a West Indies Women training camp in her debut senior year was something she didn’t expect, even given her recent fine run of form. “It’s quite pleasing to have been called up to the WI training squad, it’s a really amazing opportunity,” said Abdool.

Shania Abdool batting during the recently held CWI T20 Blaze

Abdool had a stellar year with the bat, helping T&T to the U19 Regional title as well as her School Zone – South, to the Secondary Schools Cricket League title. She also had a standout season with her club, Players Sports Club and impressed with the bat during the CWI Women’s Regional Championships this year.

Her inclusion in the training camp therefore, is just reward for a very successful season. Twenty players are currently encamped in Antigua, with Abdool being one of three having their maiden experience.The others are Aria Fortune of Grenada and Sheneta Grimmond.

The West Indies Women are currently preparing for the first stand alone ICC Women’s World T20 Tournament which the WI will be hosting in November. A mix of new and senior players were called, with Shemaine Campbell, who had a standout CWI T20 Blaze tournament being included. Players with previous WI stints such as Natasha McClean and Chinelle Henry were also included.

Shemaine Campbell plays a shot

Speaking with CWESN, the 18-year old, Abdool who hails from Princess Town in Trinidad says she sees the call up as just another opportunity to represent her country and make her family and friends proud. And, despite her age, she believes she has what it takes to make the West Indies Women’s team, and is prepared to do the work to get there.

“My cricket is definitely going to improve and getting this opportunity makes me want to work harder to achieve my goals,” she said. Those goals include actually making the team of course and Abdool hopes that the hard work, dedication and trust in God which have gotten her this far, will be enough to get her there.

The players currently encamped in Antigua are as follows:

Merissa Aguilleira, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell, Shemaine Campbell, Shania Abdool, Sheneta Grimmond, Afy Fletcher, Chedean Nation, Shabika Gajnabi, Ariel Fortune, Chinelle Henry, Natasha McClean, Anisa Mohammed, Britney Cooper, Karishma Ramharack, Quiana Joseph, Akeira Peters

The camp which started on July 2 will conclude on July 16. The majority of the players will then travel to Trinidad and Tobago to participate in the upcoming Courts Franchise Tournament beginning on July 18.