Regular skipper Stafanie Taylor had backed out of West Indies' tour of Pakistan, citing security reasons and Aguilleira, Taylor’s predecessor, was named the captain.
Regular skipper Stafanie Taylor had backed out of West Indies’ tour of Pakistan, citing security reasons and Aguilleira, Taylor’s predecessor, was named the captain.

West Indies women’s stand-in captain Merissa Aguilleira said that the team is pleased to bring cricket back to Pakistan. The West Indies women’s team arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday for a three-match T20I series, starting 31 January. (ALSO READ: Stafanie Taylor skips Pakistan tour, will join West Indies women in Dubai)

This marks the first visit by any West Indies team to the country in 15 years.

“I’m pleased we can bring back cricket to Pakistan,” Aguilleira said. “Because it’s really important. If we find ourselves in this position, I believe one of the teams would step up and try to help us.”

Regular skipper Stafanie Taylor had backed out of West Indies’ tour of Pakistan, citing security reasons and  Aguilleira, Taylor’s predecessor, was named the captain.

Aguilleira, Taylor’s predecessor, will captain the side as Taylor will join the team in Dubai when Windies face Pakistan in ICC Women’s Championship games.  

 

However, allrounder Taylor, one of the biggest stars in the women’s game, will only join the squad for the following one-day international series in the United Arab Emirates which will be part of the ICC Women’s Championship games.  

The team have been in Dubai, practising for the conditions they can expect in Karachi, and will have a quick turnaround after they land in the city before the first match on Thursday. But the foreign conditions is not something they are spending much time being concerned about.  

“We have a motto, two words our coach has given us: adapt and overcome. That is what we are trying to do,” said the captain. “It is really difficult adapting in such quick time, but we are professional cricketers and we are willing and raring to go. We are excited for this tour.”

The series takes on added significance with the announcement on Tuesday that Pakistan and the Windies are drawn in the same half of the tournament for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia.

There is still a year to go for the event, but Windies, champions in 2016 and semi-finalists in the 2018 edition at home, see the games as an opportunity to get to know a fierce competitor.  Urging her team to stay focussed, Aguilleira said, “It’s important to take [all] information we can away from Pakistan because they’re a growing team and developing very well.”