Taylor's sights set on T20 World Cup

Stafanie Taylor

KINGSTON – West Indies star all-rounder Stafanie Taylor says winning next month’s Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka and remaining the number one ranked batter in the world are now her priorities, after leading Jamaica to the capture of the Regional Women’s T20 title here Saturday.

Taylor was voted the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after scoring 409 runs at an average of 81.80 and grabbing 13 wickets at 6.15 runs apiece.

“I want to stay on top of my game and remain the No.1 player in the world. That’s very important. I’m working very hard to reclaim that spot and keep it,” said the 21-year-old.”

We have a trip to England and ICC World Twenty20 coming up, so there is much for which I can look forward – making some more big scores in all of these matches.”

She added: “In this way, it would tie into our main goal of winning a World Cup. We have been working very hard over the last few years to achieve this, so it would good if we can accomplish this.

“I am going to work really hard to make sure that we achieve these goals and I am looking forward to it.”

West Indies Women are down to compete in Group B of the T20 World Cup alongside hosts Sri Lanka, New Zealand and South Africa, in the tournament that runs from September 23 to October 7.

Despite being the first and only woman to be nominated for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricketer of the Year award, Talyor said she did not agree with the decision made by the sport’s governing body to integrate the men’s and women’s voting academy and awards.

The West Indies all-rounder has been included in the 2012 list for the ICC’s top accolade, the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, along with Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal, South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander, Australia captain Michael Clarke, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, England’s Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad and India’s Virat Kohli.

“I don’t agree with the awards being combined because you never know if any woman will actually win that award.

“To know that we women are doing so well; the awards should be separate, so we can be proud of ourselves to know that we’ve won female Cricketer of the Year,” Taylor said, while pointing out that she is nonetheless honoured to have been nominated.

“I think it is a fantastic honour; not sure if I’m going to win it, but just to be in that category with all those top men, I am proud of myself,” she added.

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