Shabika Gajnabi continues to make her mark in Caribbean women’s cricket with her latest exhibition of skill and talent to come in the Courts Grand Slam T20 later this month in Trinidad and Tobago, a competition she is thrilled to be a part of.
The 18-year-old sensation burst on the scene nearly five years ago and never looked back as she continues to climb the ladder.
She has moved from the Guyana female youth team, where she led the Under-19 side, made her mark in the Guyana senior side, encamped with the West Indies Women and will now participate in what is expected to be the largest female franchise cricket tournament for women in the region.
Speaking to the all-rounder who is currently alongside her Guyanese skipper Shemaine Campbelle and Sheneta Grimmond at a West Indies training camp in Antigua, she said it is “thrilling to be a part of the tournament,” adding that she is grateful to be one of 12 non-Trinidadians to be part of the competition.
The young talent, who will turn out for UDECOTT North, will be captained by Lee Ann Kirby who was successful skipper in the tournament last year.
Gajnabi stated that it was exciting to come under the likes of Kirby but it is a tough mantle to fill by being a member of the defending champions.
Nevertheless, she is up for the challenge, citing the importance of maintaining their position as the champions.
The Berbician indicated that it is also important for her to play well and produce consistently with both bat and ball, especially being one of only three non-Trinidadians in the squad.
Gajnabi joins Campbelle, Grimmond and Akaze Thompson as the Guyanese contingent in the tournament which runs from July 18-28.