In a positive twist of faith, United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) approved sending the 18 players selected from the recent national tournament to Barbados.
The 18-woman USA squad was slated to attend a weekend training camp in New York from July 22-24. At the conclusion of the camp, 14 players would have been selected to attend a high-performance training camp in Barbados. In the interest of cricket development, USACA canceled the weekend training camp in favor of sending all 18 players to benefit from the high-performance camp and practice matches. Ironically, only 14 players are available to attend. Thus, fate allowed for offsetting the financial woes of USACA. The players are:
- Candacy Atkins
- Anahita Arora
- Karen Bayles
- Sanuja Dabade
- Monique Mathee
- Shinead Emerson
- Nadia Gruny
- Indomatie Goordial-John
- Triholder Marshall
- Akshatha Rao
- Erica Rendler
- Melissa Sandy
- Samantha Ramautar
- Shondell Ward
Not attending: Joan Alexander-Serrano, Claudine Beckford, Shebani Bhaskar, Doris Francis
It is unfortunate that two of the most experienced players and power hitters, Joan Alexander and Doris Francis (2011 USACA Tournament MVP), are unable to demonstrate their prowess in front of formidable West Indian and Barbados opposition.
This week USACA appointed Linden Fraser as coach and Louise Brown-Jackson as manager. A team physio is yet to be announced. Fraser, the winningest women’s coach in the country, joins the USA women’s national team at a crucial time in its preparation and is expected to deliver results on the international stage. Jackson returns for her second stint as manager – the first being USA’s tour to Canada in July 2010 for the ICC America’s World Cup Qualifiers.
Players are in training in their respective regions. North-East based players train together under Coach Fraser in New York while the four California-based players (Dabade, Gruny, Rao, Rendler) undergo training with Ajit Tendulkar, Sachin Tendulkar’s older brother along with Owen Grayhem, one of the leading coaches in the North West Region. Based in Florida, Monique Mathee and Karen Bayles continue their training program which includes batting against a bowling machine installed in their backyard.
Team USA departs for Barbados on Saturday, August 6 and returns on Tuesday, August 16.
Sat-Aug-6: Depart JFK at 8:35 a.m. to Barbados
Sun-Aug-7: Physical conditioning, drills, fielding, game sense
Mon-Aug-8: Physical conditioning, drills, fielding, game sense
Tue-Aug-9: Physical conditioning, drills, fielding, game sense
Wed-Aug-10: Physical conditioning, drills, fielding/REST 1/2 day
Thur-Aug-11: Game #1 vs. Barbados XI
Fri-Aug-12: TBA, specialist, game sense
Sat-Aug-13: TBA, specialist, game sense
Mon-Aug-15: Game #2 vs West Indies XI
Tue-Aug-16: Depart Barbados 2:30 p.m. to JFK
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