Aguilleira hails sacked man­age­ment team, keen to work with in­terim unit

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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 MartinezCharles, per­for­mance ad­vi­sor 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.” With a series against tour­ing Sri Lanka Women start­ing next month, Aguilleira said it was im­por­tant the side were not dis­tracted by the changes. “The CWI will have a valid rea­son for it (the change), I’m not go­ing against it,” the 31-year-old stressed. “Cer­tain times you are in a dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion so you don’t know ex­actly what an­gle they’re look­ing from but at the end of the day, as players our main fo­cus is just to fo­cus on our job at hand. “We have a series com­ing up against Sri Lanka and ob­vi­ously we don’t want to fo­cus on the wrong things. We re­ally want to stay fo­cussed on the job at hand be­cause it’s all about mak­ing sure that we rep­re­sent, but we have to make sure that our minds are clear no mat­ter what the sit­u­a­tion is.” Head coach Hen­der­son Springer will lead an in­terim man­age­ment unit which also in­cludes for­mer Ber­muda and West Indies head coach, Gus Lo­gie, as his as­sis­tant. And Aguilleira hailed the com­pe­tence of the in­com­ing per­son­nel, point­ing out they were all ex­cel­lent choices. “When you think about the head coach which is Mr Hen­der­son Springer. He has been with the Bar­ba­dos women’s team [and] I’ve done a couple of train­ing [ses­sions] with him,” the Trinida­dian said. “He’s a great coach, you can’t fault him on that. He’s an ex­cel­lent coach. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to work­ing with him. Even Gus Lo­gie … th­ese are coaches that have in­ter­acted with women so they un­der­stand and we can be a hand­ful when we’re ready but at the end of the day, they un­der­stand how to deal with women. “We’re look­ing for­ward to the skills they will be bring­ing to the ta­ble be­cause we def­i­nitely need to up­grade our­selves to a dif­fer­ent level so it’s all about try­ing to take as much as pos­si­ble from th­ese coaches.” De­spite the sack­ing of the man­age­ment unit, the en­tire World Cup squad was re­tained for a train­ing camp start­ing later this month in Trinidad, from which the sqaud to face Sri Lanka will be se­lected.

For­mer West Indies Women’s cap­tain, Merissa Aguilleira.

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