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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, September 5, 2015
ST JOHN'S---Marquee bats-
man Stafanie Taylor has been
appointed the new captain of
West Indies Women, replacing
the long-serving Merissa
The change was announced
by the West Indies Cricket Board
yesterday, as it named the 18-
member training squad for the
home series against Pakistan
starting next month.
Aguilleira led the side for six
years, during which time they
managed to reach the final of
the ICC World Cup in 2013 and
the semi-finals of the last three
Twenty20 World Cups.
However, chief selector Clive
Lloyd said the time had come
for a change.
"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," he said.
"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."
He added: "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."
Taylor has been one of the
most prolific batsmen in the
women s game in recent years.
The 24-year-old right-hander
has garnered 3115 runs from 84
One-Day International, already
with five centuries and 20 half-
In 62 Twenty20s she has
managed 1814 runs at an average
of 36, with 16 half-centuries.
In contrast, Aguilleira has
struggled with the bat, especially
in recent times. She has not
scored a half-century in over
three years and managed only
69 runs from ten ODI outings
last year and 86 runs from 12
WICB president, Dave
Cameron said he believed the
changes would be "in the best
interests" of the squad.
"The Directors have confi-
dence in the decision made by
the selectors and accept that it
has been made in the best inter-
ests of the women s team," he
"Stafanie has held a senior
role in our women s team for
some time and has been a good
role model for the younger play-
ers. She is someone who we
believe can take on more respon-
sibility and we congratulate her
on this appointment."
He added: "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
"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."
Meanwhile, 20-year-old off-
spinner Karishma Ramharack
has been included in the training
squad as the only new face,
while Kyshona Knight, Chedean
Nation and Vanessa Watts have
Seamer Shakera Selman and
leg-spinner Shaquana Quintyne
have also returned to the set-
up following injury. The squad
will be in camp in Barbados later
this month for two weeks.
still top of
CFU but T&T
ST JOHN'S---Regional powerhouses Jamaica
have continued on top of the Caribbean Football
Union rankings released by Fifa on Thursday.
The Reggae Boyz were the highest-ranked CFU
side in the World rankings at 52nd after moving
up three places from 55th last month.
They were narrowly ahead of second placed
Trinidad and Tobago, who lie 54th in the rankings,
a rise of two places from the August rankings.
Both teams are still benefitting from the
momentum of their Concacaf Gold Cup campaigns
back in July.
Jamaica played unbeaten to reach the final where
they lost to eventual champions Mexico while
T&T also played unbeaten to top their group before
going out at the quarter-final stage.
Neither side have played an international since
but that is set to change on Friday when Jamaica
take on Nicaragua in their opening 2018 World
Cup qualifier in Kingston and T&T clash with
Mexico in an international friendly in Utah, United
There is a significant gap between the top two
and the remaining CFU sides. Haiti dropped three
spots in the Fifa rankings to 87th but remained
third in the region while Antigua and Barbuda
also retained their fourth spot after failing to move
in the Fifa rankings.
The top five in CFU were rounded out by Cuba
who jumped six spots to 113th to be one of the
biggest movers in the region along with the
Dominican Republic who also leapt six places to
123rd, to lie eighth in CFU.
As expected, Mexico were the highest ranked
Concacaf team at 26th in Fifa with Argentina the
World number one side.
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.
Latest FIFA rankings for CFU are in brackets.
1 Jamaica (52)
2 Trinidad & Tobago (54)
3 Haiti (87)
4 Antigua & Barbuda (105)
5 Cuba (113)
6 St Vincent & the Grenadines (116)
7 St Kitts & Nevis (119)
8 Dominican Republic (123)
9 St Lucia (131)
10 Bermuda (132)
11 Aruba (137)
12 Barbados (144)
13 Curacao (148)
14 Puerto Rico (152)
15 Guyana (154)
16 Grenada (158)
17 Suriname (166)
18 Dominica (172)
19 US Virgin Islands (176)
20 Montserrat (178)
21 Cayman Islands (187)
22 Turks & Caicos (194)
23 British Virgin Islands (195)
24 Anguilla (208)
24 The Bahamas (208)
Taylor replaces Aguilleira
as Windies skipper
New West Indies Women's
captain Stafanie Taylor.
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