Dominican all rounder, Pearl Ettienne will make her international debut on the West Indies Team
Dominican all rounder, Pearl Ettienne has been named on the West Indies 14-member squad for next month’s women’s challenge tournament scheduled for South Africa.
Ettienne, a former national team captain, is one of two new players named in the lineup which will be led by Trinidadian Merissa Anguillera. Pearl said that when she received the news she was elated but definitely not surprised.
“I was happy when I received the call, I was speechless…I jumped up and down in joy,” an elated Pearl said.
Pearl’s mother Natress Durand, also a former cricketer, said that she is proud of her daughter’s achievement and she too was elated when she heard the good news. She encouraged her daughter to continue performing in fine form, and make her family, country and team proud.
According to her, “I was so happy when I heard the news that I cried. I want her to go out there and try her best to make all of us proud. I will be looking at her everyday on my television.”
Pearl’s coach, Sharon Gregoire views the opportunity as the beginning of a career for Pearl and good news for women’s cricket in Dominica.
“It is an honor to have Pearl represent us, not many Dominicans get that opportunity but I have confidence in Pearl and I know that she will represent us well,” said Gregoire.
Pearl was selected after she finished as the leading wicket taker in the just-concluded West Indies women’s tournament in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The other newcomer to the team is Guyanese fast bowler Subrina Munroe.
Training for the squad will begin in Barbados in mid September.