Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Aguilleira: Good time to bounce back

 West Indies women’s captain Merissa Aguilleira said her team is looking to step their game up and bring the title home when as the ICC Women’s T20 gets underway in Bangladesh.

After reaching the semi-final stage in the last two World Cups, Aguillera is confident her team can reach the final and win the whole tournament.

“Our team motto for this tournament is ‘Moving in Faith’. After having a not too good tournament in New Zealand,  I think it is definitely a good time to bounce back and show what we are made of. We’ll be looking forward to take the title and hopefully making sure we continue to make the people of the Caribbean proud, “ she told WICB media yesterday, adding that a return to Bangladesh with similar conditions to the Caribbean will suit her team.

Captain of the men’s team  Darren Sammy  said he is hoping for a double with both the men and women taking the T20 crowns.

“I am really happy about that and I am pleased to know they share the same sentiments,”Aguilleira said, “ we will continue to support them as they are supporting us.”

Aguillera said the women’s tournament being played alongside the men’s was a good opportunity  for women to showcase their talent to a wider audience and to generate more interest in the women’s game.

Aguillera and company start their campaign today with a warm-up match against South Africa and she said it was important to get off to a winning start.

“We came here to play eight matches and just not play but win them. So I guess even though it is a warm-up match it is an important match and we want to step out on the right foot, “ she said.

Looking ahead to the tournament,  Aguillera said she welcomed the  return of Deandra Dottin, who has promised to bring her top game to the world tournament, and a bowling department containing five spinners that could turn matches in WI favour.