Windies Women prepare for qualifying series
VIJAYAWADA, India, (CMC):
Head coach Vasbert Drakes says West Indies Women were already bracing for the harsh reality of having to play a qualifying series, in order to secure a berth at next year's ICC 50-overs World Cup in England.
The Caribbean girls suffered a 3-0 whitewash at the hands of India Women when they went down by 15 runs in the final One-Day International on Wednesday.
The defeat severely dented the Windies Women's chances of automatic qualification for the World Cup as they will now have to depend on the results of other games in the ICC Women's Championship in order to know their fate.
"If we're going to be realistic, it's about playing cricket consistently and winning critical periods which would allow us to win a major competition. In terms of the resilience when it matters and that competitiveness we weren't able to do that so we've got to face the reality," Drakes said.
"If it's a case where we've got to go into the qualifiers and compete and also expose other personnel to the group, so be it. We know where we were, which direction we were headed, we know exactly if we don't qualify [automatically] what position we would be in."
He continued: "As a group we're disappointed but I think all is not lost. One of the things that we are aware of is the fact that we need to play more competitive cricket for a long period of time. We haven't been blessed in those circumstances.
"For me, I'm disappointed as a coach, we're disappointed as a group but there are some things we can take away from this series in terms of the ability to execute when it matters, we just weren't good enough."
The top four in the Championship are guaranteed automatic World Cup qualification while the remaining four slots will be determined via a 10-team qualifying event in Sri Lanka next February.