Taylor in charge of Windies Women

Aguilleira gets the axe

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Experienced Jamaica all-rounder Stafanie Taylor has been named as the new captain of the West Indies Women’s team. She succeeds Merissa Aguilleira, whose tenure of captain started at the 2009 ICC Women’s World Cup in Australia.

Stafanie Taylor (left) has replaced Merissa Aguilleira (right) as West Indies Women’s captain.
Stafanie Taylor (left) has replaced Merissa Aguilleira (right) as West Indies Women’s captain.

Barbadian fast bowler Shakera Selman has been elevated as vice-captain.

Though Aguilleira has kept wicket efficiently and has received praise for her leadership, she has had indifferent batting form over the years and in 82 One Day Internationals has scored 1 178 runs at an average of 18.40 and has scored only four half-centuries. In 71 Twenty20 Internationals she has tallied a paltry 539 runs at an average of 12.53 with a highest score of 39.

The appointment of Taylor was recommended by the WICB selection panel and endorsed by the directors
on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old Taylor, who is a top-order batter and part-time off-spinner, has played 84 One-Day and 62 Twenty20 Internationals since making her debut for Windies Women. She has been the long-standing vice-captain of the team and led Jamaica Women to a sweep of the Regional Women’s titles between
2010 and 2014.

Chief selector Clive Lloyd said Taylor had many of the qualities needed to be an inspirational leader.

“Merissa has been there for a long time and did a pretty good job, but we feel the time is right for a new leader and we have chosen Stafanie. She has done well for Windies Women with bat and ball, and has led Jamaica Women successfully, so leading the team would not
be alien to her.

“It’s a change that we hope will bring new energy to the team and take it from strength to strength. We believe we can develop a pretty good women’s team for the future and we see Stafanie as the person that could give us that impetus for the future. . .Stafanie has played quite a lot, she has been ICC Player-of-the-Year and she will be able to lead by example.”

WICB president Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron said the directors had confidence in the decision made by the selectors and accepted that it had been made in the best interests of the
women’s team.

“Stafanie has held a senior role in our women’s team for some time and has been a good role model for the younger players. She is someone who we believe can take on more responsibility and we congratulate her on this appointment.

“We also would like to thank Merissa for her leadership of the Windies Women over the last six years, a period during which she helped to establish the side as one of most competitive in the World.

“She was the longest serving West Indies Women’s captain, leading the team to the Final of the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2013 in India and the semi-finals of the last three ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup,” Cameron said.

Karishma Ramharack, a 20-year-old off-spinner, is the only newcomer to the squad with Kyshona Knight, Chedean Nation and Vanessa Watts earning recalls.

Selman and leg-spinner Shaquana Quintyne return following injury and playing leading roles for newly-crowned regional champions, Barbados.

The squad will be encamped in Barbados from late September for a period of two weeks prior to the start
of the series against Pakistan Women
next month.

Eighteen-member training squad: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Shakera Selman (vice-captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Shaquana Quintyne, Karishma Ramharack, Tremayne Smartt, Vanessa Watts.

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