Shanika Bruce to replace Cherry Ann-Fraser in the West Indies squad for T20 World Cup 2023

Cricket West Indies has announced that Shanika Bruce will join the West Indies team ahead of the tri-series and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023. She will replace Cherry Ann-Fraser who has been sidelined because of injury.

Shanika Bruce in Commonwealth Games 2022. PC: Getty Images
Shanika Bruce in Commonwealth Games 2022. PC: Getty Images

The lead selector Ann Browne John speaking about the injury and the replacement 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.”

Shanika Bruce, an experienced campaigner, has represented the West Indies Women’s A Team in 2021 versus Pakistan. She was the talk of the town during the Commonwealth Games when she featured for Barbados last year. The tri-series is slated to start on 19th January and will go on till 30th January and immediately after the series, the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will commence in South Africa. West Indies will play in a tri-series against hosts South Africa and India in at least four matches and in the context of the World Cup, they are a part of Group 2 with strong outfits like England, India, Pakistan and Ireland.

Here’s the complete and updated squad of West Indies

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, Rashada Williams

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Their upcoming cricketing schedule for West Indies in the tri-series:-

Date

Opponent

21st January

South Africa

23rd January

India

25th January

South Africa

30th January

India

2nd February

Tri-series final

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