West Indies have left out experienced allrounder Pamela Lavine from the squad for the ICC Women's Challenge to be played at Potchefstroom in South Africa this October. Two new players, Subrina Munroe and Pearl Etienne, have been selected on the strength of their performances in the recent WICB Women's tournament.

"The two new players are both very good seam bowlers," Chairman of selectors, Clyde Butts, said. "Both can also bat and they can be expected to make good contributions in the lower order."

Butts said that he expected the young but experienced side to do well in South Africa. "We have the nucleus of the team, which has been playing together for the last couple of years. Most of the players have done well at the international level," he said. "There is a good balance in the squad and we have a lot of allrounders.

"This series is being seen as part of the ultimate build-up to the next ICC Women's World Cup. We are looking to build with the future in mind. This trip will be a chance to gain more experience in foreign conditions."

Butts said that Lavine, despite her omission, was still part of the selectors' plans. "Her general fitness worked against her on this occasion and for this tour we decided to look at some other options. Not making the team for this tour does not mean she has been discarded nor has she been retired."

West Indies play their first 50-over match on October 6 against Netherlands and take on South Africa in the first Twenty20 on October 14.

West Indies Women
Merissa Aguilleira (capt & wk), Anisa Mohammed (vc), Shemaine Campbell (wk), Britney Cooper, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Pearl Etienne, Cordel Jack, Stacy-Ann King, Subrina Munroe, Juliana Nero, Shakera Selman, Tremayne Smartt, Stafanie Taylor.