Hayley Matthews Appointed Captain Of West Indies Women Cricket Team
Hayley Matthews Names West Indies Captain: Cricket West Indies (CWI)...
Hayley Matthews Names West Indies Captain: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has made a major reshuffle in the women’s cricket team. Star all-rounder Hayley Mathews has been appointed as the new captain of West Indies women’s cricket team. Hayley will lead the team in place of Stephanie Taylor. Taylor had the command in hand for seven years.
All-rounder Hayley Mathews has been appointed as the captain of the women’s team after the Cricket West Indies women’s selection panel confirmed the recommendation. However, before Mathews, the captaincy was in the hands of Stephanie Taylor. Taylor is one of the most successful female players in the history of West Indies. He has led the team for more than seven years since 2015. The team was at the top when West Indies won the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2016. At the same time, earlier this year also the team reached the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.
CWI chief selector N. Brown-John lauded Stephanie’s contribution, saying, “We believe that leading the team for seven years is a great achievement. The selection panel has reviewed the team including the leadership. Following this review, the panel decided to recommend It was decided that Hayley Matthews should take over the role as captain. Hayley leads the team as vice-captain. She is the current captain of the West Indies women’s team and their national team, Barbados.”
Women’s team head coach and former fast bowler Courtney Walsh said that she fully supported the appointment of Haley Mathews. The selection panel felt it was time to make a change. If we are thinking of making any changes now, then this would be the best time so that we can hand over the leadership of the team to the new captain before going to the World Cup.
Hayley said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to captain the West Indies women’s team. This team has been very close to my heart. I look forward to working with the players to help the team build on this kind of progress.” I have continued to do so. I would like to thank Stephanie for her excellent leadership of the team over the years. We played many matches with her and set records. I will continue to play with her.”
Let us tell you, both Mathews and Taylor have been one of the best players of West Indies. Taylor has scored 5,298 runs in 145 ODIs and 3,121 runs in 111 T20 Internationals in his career. He has also taken 152 wickets in ODIs and 98 wickets in T20s. Like Taylor, Mathews is also a right-arm top-order batsman and off-break bowler. He has an impressive international record with 1,764 runs and 78 wickets in 69 ODIs and 1,055 runs and 58 wickets in 61 T20Is.
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