Walsh excited about young Williams in WI set-up

May 03, 2021
Rashada Williams
Rashada Williams
Courtney Walsh
Courtney Walsh

The West Indies women's squad are currently in Antigua getting ready for their month-long, high-performance training camp to be conducted under the watchful eyes of head coach Courtney Walsh.

This time around, Walsh will have the chance to look at 30 players, as he continues to fine-tune his preparations for the upcoming ICC World Cup qualifiers, which are slated for December of this year.

Among those lists are eight uncapped players, including Jamaica's Rashada Williams, who will be looking to impress Walsh and his staff in trying to become a regular member of the senior side.

The attacking opening batter Williams will be hoping that she will get another opportunity, having toured with the West Indies team in 2019 in Pakistan and Dubai.

For Walsh, having young Williams in the set-up is a part of his plans to have a look at some of the emerging talents across the region.

"She was one of the players last year that we decided to put into the programme and from the reports that we have gotten, she is an exciting player to look at. I am looking forward to having her in the camp and to see where her headspace is and look at her talent," said Walsh.

Walsh made it clear that he would be willing to give opportunities to any of the youngsters who shows the right attitude. However, he was quick to point out that they must have the requisite skill sets before they can be thrown into the mix.

"I would not throw a young player into international cricket if they were not going to be able to cope, but I have nothing against playing a youngster who has the talent and the skill set to perform at that level."

Williams chances of getting into the squad seem to be a good one, as the West Indies team, in their last series, had a torrid time with the bat, especially at the top of the order.

Against England in the five-match T20 series last September, the West Indies recorded opening partnerships of nine, 11, 30, four and 11 runs among Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews and Lee-Ann Kirby.

For Williams, she believes the opportunity is there for her to prove her worth for a place in the squad for upcoming tournaments.

"One of my goals is to be a part of the ICC World Cup-qualifying squad. Any opportunity I am given, I want to make the best of it so that the first name that comes to their mind when picking another team will be mine," said Williams.

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