Former captain rues sackings
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC):
Former West Indies Women's captain Merissa Aguilleira said she was "a bit saddened" by the sacking of the entire management unit following the recent failed Women's World Cup campaign, but says she is excited by the prospect of working with the new interim management team.
Head coach Vasbert Drakes, assistant coaches Ezra Moseley and Stuart Williams, along with operations manager Ann Browne-John, were all shown the door by Cricket West Indies, after presiding over a wretched run at the showpiece in England last July.
In a complete overhaul, physiotherapist Oba Gulston, fitness coordinator Hector Martinez-Charles, performance adviser Donald La Guerre and analyst Trent Sargeant were also replaced.
"I was a bit saddened by it. He (Drakes) has been a good coach. He had been with us for a little while now," Aguilleira, a veteran of the squad with 103 one-day internationals and 81 Twenty20 Internationals, told CNC 3 Television here.
"He came in for the Sri Lanka tour 2015 and he did a good job from start to end so it's probably a decision that was taken just looking at the future of the women's team.
"It's all about us going forward and making sure that we are on top and the CWI probably sees this as a step going forward."
West Indies Women arrived at the World Cup as one of the favourites, having won the T20 World Cup last year and reached the final of the last 50-overs World Cup.
But they endured a dismal run of form, losing all their warm-up matches before also slipping to defeat in their opening four tournament matches, to suffer early elimination from the semi-finals.
Aguilleira said the management team, though, had gelled well with the squad and players had benefitted as a result of their expertise.
"The entire management staff have been really good to us. All the players would've definitely learned something from them, from the manager straight back," she pointed out.
"We even had the assistant batting coach Stuart Williams coming in with us and he did a tremendous job. We had Ezra Moseley our assistant coach, the trainer Hector, our analyst Trent, the physio Oba and also the manager.
"These people really supported us throughout so we're a bit saddened by it but at the end of the day it's all about the development of West Indies cricket and how far we can go."