By Brandon Corlette
Strong and courageous. That is how you describe Kaysia Schultz.
The Guyana and West Indies left-arm spinner broke barriers when she suited up for Ipswich Cricket Club in the Barbados Cricket Association’s Intermediate League.
Schultz ended with 10 wickets in five innings, playing among senior male cricketers. The 26-year-old who funded her travelling expense to Barbados, spent almost three months in beautiful Barbados.
She went with the aim of improving her game, and she did that by playing red-ball cricket at a high level for the first time in her career.
“I really enjoyed my time here in Barbados. Training on weekly basis and then having that game time on weekends, even though three of the games washed out due to rain, playing cricket with the men it’s a challenge but I embrace that challenge.
“I really did stick to my game plans doing the things that’s going to be rewarding,” Schultz told Cricnation592 in an exclusive interview.
The eager Guyanese cricketer, who played five Internationals for the West Indies had a best bowling figure of 4-10 from 6.2 overs against St Leonard’s.
Schultz claimed 2-39 from seven overs and 2-49 from 13 overs against Coleridge. She also had 2-41 from 7.1 overs vs Boscobelle.
Fitness is the name of the game, and Schultz prides herself in that aspect of the game. With the aim of returning to the West Indies side, Schultz is fully focused on putting in the necessary work.
“Obviously having to work and to focus on my career, it can be a challenge from time to time but persistence in me to keep training, to see my skill set, and going in the right direction is something I ensure to do.”
I have been working hard. The work never stops and I’m aiming to be back with the West Indies team and to continue playing,” Schultz added.
Schultz made her One Day International (ODI) debut for the West Indies Women’s team against England last December.
During her debut, Schultz claimed 2-52 on her international debut last year, became the first West Indies player to claim two wickets since leg-spinner Afy Fletcher in 2008.