Merissa Aguilliera is pleased with her team's performance and proud that the men could achieve glory for the people of the Caribbean
The West Indies women’s side arrived back in the Caribbean following their exploits in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2012 to the news that their male counterparts had lifted their own title in Sri Lanka.
Despite losing out in the semi-final to eventual champions Australia, West Indies women’s captain Merissa Aguilleira was pleased with her team’s showing over the tournament.
“At the previous WWT20, we were second in our group, this time we were first,” she said. “There are good things to take out of our performance and we are pleased and we are just looking forward to bigger things.”
Coach Sherwin Campbell was similarly happy with the way the squad is shaping up on the back of some good displays on the sub-continent.
“We reached the semi-finals for the second straight tournament and this was a good performance from the ladies,” he said. “I still think things went well for us.
“This was a step in the right direction. We performed well. We beat New Zealand, a team that was in the previous final, and we lost against Australia, the side that won the tournament.”
As a former opener for the men’s team, Campbell was naturally delighted to see the latest crop fulfil their potential with an overwhelming final defeat of the hosts.
“It’s always good to know that West Indies have won a tournament,” said Campbell. “It does so much for the people of the Caribbean. We wanted to be able to give the people of the region double success. We wanted to win the WWT20, but we are still contented with our achievements.”
WI women failed to do what the men could – beat Australia in their Friday semi-final match-up – but Aguilliera took great pride in the success of her colleagues.
“I can’t express how I am feeling about it right now,” she said. “I knew that they went there to do this. I had a talk with their captain Darren Sammy and he told me he wanted this badly, not just for the team, but for the people of the Caribbean. I am pleased that they have won and really happy for them.”
Both captain and coach are now focussing on next year’s ICC Women’s World Cup, starting with a training camp at the High Performance Centre (HPC) later this month.
“It will be a very exciting time for us,” said Aguillieira. “We know what we have to work on because there are specifics each player has to work on, so the camp at the HPC will be the cleaning up of the things we have to do. We are looking forward to it.”
Campbell added: “We have a series next January against South Africa Women before the Women’s World Cup next February in India, so it gives us a chance to go back to the drawing board and work on our skills, particularly the batting.
“We did really well with the ball and in the outfield, but we have to do some more work with our batting skills ahead of the 50-overs World Cup.”