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Taylor replaces Aguilleira as West Indies captain

Stafanie Taylor
Stafanie Taylor is the new captain of West Indies Women
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Stafanie Taylor has replaced Merissa Aguilleira as captain of West Indies Women ahead of home series against Pakistan in October.

Taylor, one of the most powerful batsman in women's cricket, steps up from her previous role as vice-captain to Aguilleira, who led the side since the 2009 ICC Women's World Cup in Australia.

During that time, she guided the team to the final of the ICC Women's World Cup in 2013, where they lost out to Australia, and to the semi-finals of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

West Indies Women v Pakistan Women

16th October: 1st ODI, St Lucia
18th October: 2nd ODI, St Lucia*
21st October: 3rd ODI, St Lucia*
24th October: 4th ODI, St Lucia*

29th October: 1st T20I, Grenada
31st October: 2nd T20I, Grenada
1st November: 3rd T20I, Grenada

*ICC Women's Championship ODI

The wicket-keeper remains part of an 18-player training squad that has been named ahead of the four One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals against Pakistan Women next month.

"Merissa has been there for a long time and did a pretty good job, but we feel the time is right for a new leader and we have chosen Stafanie," Clive Lloyd, Head West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Selector, said.

"She has done well for Windies Women with bat and ball, and has led Jamaica Women successfully, so leading the team would not be alien to her.
"It’s a change that we hope will bring new energy to the team and take it from strength to strength.

"We believe we can develop a pretty good women’s team for the future and we see Stafanie as the person that could give us that impetus for the future.

"Stafanie has played quite a lot, she has been ICC Player of the Year and she will be able to lead by example," he added.

The change was recommended by the WICB Selection Panel and endorsed by the WICB Directors earlier this week.

Taylor has led Jamaica to clean sweeps of domestic titles between 2010 and 2014 and has played 84 ODIs and 62 Twenty20 Internationals for West Indies.

The 18-strong training squad includes one newcomer in 20-year-old off-spinner Karishma Ramharack.

Kyshona Knight, Chedean Nation and Vanessa Watts have been recalled while new vice-captain Shakera Selman and Shaquana Quintyne are back after recovering from injuries.

The final three ODIs between the two sides will count towards the ICC Women's Championship, from which the top four sides will qualify automatically for the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup.

West Indies currently lie in third place with 10 points from nine matches while Pakistan are in fifth with eight points.

The squad will head to Saint Lucia for a two-week period in late September to prepare for the series.

West Indies Women training squad: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Shakera Selman (vice-captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Shaquana Quintyne, Karishma Ramharack, Tremayne Smartt, Vanessa Watts

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