Merissa Aguilleira, former West Indies Women captain, retires from international cricket
Merissa Aguilleira played 180 international games for West Indies. © AFP

Former West Indies Women captain Merissa Aguilleira has retired from international cricket, bringing to a close an international career that spanned 112 ODIs and 95 T20Is.

Aguilleira, 33, led West Indies in 74 ODIs and 73 T20Is. She also played as a wicketkeeper.

Aguilleira captained West Indies in two World Cups, including to the final in 2013, and in three successive World T20 semi-finals in 2010, 2012 and 2014. In 2016, she was part of the West Indies team that won the World T20 title in India.

Last week, she was omitted from the West Indies squad that will tour Ireland and England next month.

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“It is an absolute honour to have been of service to West Indies cricket,” said Aguilleira, whose record of 70 dismissals behind the stumps in women’s T20Is is the second most behind England’s Sarah Taylor (73).

“I wish to thank all members of the team with which I worked and that worked with me to secure success in our endeavours to bring pleasure, pride, happiness and inspiration to West Indian people everywhere. It is an absolute honor to have been of service to West Indies Cricket. My continued goal is to assist CWI to build and develop women’s cricket and help others like me to achieve their dreams.”

Cricket West Indies director of cricket Jimmy Adams said of Aguilleira’s retirement: “From my own experience this cannot be the easiest of times for Merissa. However, her dignity and candour in communicating this decision has been exceptional. Far exceeding the statistics, Merissa has been the epitome of professionalism throughout her career whilst consistently upholding the highest possible standards on and off the field.”

In 95 ODIs, Aguilleira scored 1752 runs at an average of 20.51 with six half-centuries. In T20Is, she made 768 runs at 14.49 with a best of 39 not out.