West Indies, led by captain Hayley Mathews’ heroics, secured two emphatic victories over Ireland and Pakistan on Friday and Sunday.
Hoverer, West Indies were knocked out of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup on Monday after India’s win over Ireland. India’s win on Monday meant they remained second in Group 2, leaving the West Indies third.
Head coach Courtney Walsh said he was happy with his team’s performance deep it’s not reaching the business end of the tournament.
“We knew it would have been a tough group with the two top teams ahead of us, England and India and we would have had to beat one of them to have a realistic chance of getting through.”
“But I am very happy with the last two wins that we had, two from four is not bad but we were really hoping for three from four which would have given us a chance.”
Three Rising Stars Under-19 players were selected in the World Cup squad, Djenaba Joseph, Trishan Holder and Zayda James. Holder and James were part of the playing eleven that West Indies won in the two matches. West Indies fast bowling legend says,
“They’re in good stead, the experience and exposure they would have had from a tournament like this would be second to none. We saw how good they fielded in the last game in saving runs, the youth and exuberance paid off.”
“The three of them that were here have potential for West Indies long term and that’s one the things I said that we need to pull out some players from now and I’m happy we were able to do so with them from this tournament. We hope when they go back home, the territorial boards will do everything they can to maintain and help them grow because that is also very important.”
When asked where the team goes from here, Walsh replied:
“There is a rebuilding phase but potential wise, this team has the potential, it’s just the execution and consistency we’re lacking in, once we get the consistency and execute well, I see a lot of good things happening for the team.”
Next on the international calendar for West Indies Women, they are expected to host three Ireland Women’s One Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals in June and July.