It’s WI Women’s time to win T20 World Cup – Aguilleira

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Former West Indies Women captain Merissa Aguilleira believes that the regional side is capable of securing championship honours in the forthcoming T20 World Cup, which starts next month in India.West Indies women have reached the penultimate stage of the competition on three successive occasions, but the Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper-batsman believes that they can go all the way this time.”I am really excited about this tournament because I truly believe it is time for us to win this T20 World Cup,” said Aguilleira.”It has been three consecutive times we have reached the semi-finals, so it’s about time, but I have all faith in the girls, and I truly believe we can cross that mantle.”Aguilleira has been in prolific form since she was relieved from her duties as captain, a title that has been handed to Jamaican cricketer Stafanie Taylor.She roared to two powerful half-centuries in St Lucia last October to help West Indies Women come from behind to beat Pakistan in an ODI series 3-1 and said consistency would ensure that Windies Women lift the World T20 trophy.LACKING CONSISTENCY”I must say consistency because we have been lacking that for quite some time,” said Aguilleira, a 10-year veteran who has played 86 ODIs and 73 T20s.”One minute we are up; next minute, we are down. But I think once we get that consistency going, everything will fall into alignment.”Aguilleira is part of a squad that includes a number of reserve players in a training camp at the West Indies High Performance Centre in Barbados, preparing for a tour of South Africa before the ICC World Twenty20 Tournament in India. They are participating in an on-field training programme as well as a number of personal-development sessions before leaving for South Africa in two batches on February 9 and 10.”I will be going forward in South Africa with full fire, trying to continue from where I left off in St Lucia,” she said.”I have really been putting in some work so, hopefully, I can go out there and contribute for the team.”last_img read more


first_imgFORMER Ireland soccer star Owen Coyle says he understands why Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy chose to play for Ireland over Scotland – and hopes there isn’t an anti-Irish element in the crowd when the Republic take on the Scots at Celtic Park this Friday night.Coyle’s mum Frances was from Gortahork and dad Owen Snr was from Gaoth Dobhair.He was brought up in an area of Glasgow known as ‘Little Donegal’. McGeady and McCarthy’s grandparents are also from Donegal; they chose Ireland over Scotland.“James and Aiden will probably get some stick, but it should be because the supporters are simply upset that they chose to play for Ireland above Scotland and nothing else,” said Owen.“The great thing about Scotland and Ireland is that both sets of supporters are known for being some of the very best in the world. People will be told to keep it decent if they do go over the score a little.“I would like to think that anti-Irish sentiment is not a part of our modern society. I hope we have moved on, but it would probably be naive to think that there won’t be some people who come along to give them a bit of stick with something of an agenda. The main thing is that it doesn’t get vitriolic. “With all due respect, I feel it would be slightly hypocritical [for Scotland fans] to get too serious about it all because there are players in the Scotland team who were not born in Scotland. It certainly won’t affect James or Aiden. To be involved in football, you have to have a thick skin and these guys are two terrifically talented players who would play in the Scotland team all day long.“Supporters maybe aren’t aware of all the circumstances that lead someone to make such a decision either. It was a different era when I chose to play for Ireland and I think supporters who knew the game could understand it. I was fine. I didn’t get abuse. With the type of personality I had, I would like to think I would have been able to deal with it anyway,” he told The Herald. OWEN COYLE: ‘I HOPE McGEADY AND McCARTHY DON’T GET ANTI-IRISH HASSLE AGAINST SCOTLAND’ was last modified: November 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:aiden mcgeadyceltic parkIrelandJames McCarthyOwen CoyleScotlandlast_img read more