Hayley Matthews appointed West Indies Women vice captain
West Indies all-rounder Hayley Matthews has been named the vice-captain for the ICC Women’s World T20 in the Caribbean.
The 20-year-old Matthews was one of the stars when the West Indies lifted the championship in 2016, producing a top knock of 66 from 45 balls in the final. She has been on a constant upward trajectory since then establishing herself as an important player in the West Indies set-up.
Speaking on the appointment, Matthews stated “I am very delighted that the hierarchy of Cricket West Indies (CWI) see me as a good fit for vice-captain. I think the added responsibility will be of great benefit to my overall game. It will be an amazing feeling to play in front of home fans here in the West Indies.”
Captain Stafanie Taylor is confident that Matthews will take the responsibility in stride and continue to put in top performances.
“Hayley is young but very confident and knowledgeable about the sport. She is someone who can lead from the front, with bat and ball, and encourage her teammates to raise their game in varying situations,” Taylor said.
Meanwhile, 17-year old fast bowler, Qiana Joseph has replaced Sheneta Grimmond, who is suffering from an injury. Joseph has been with the squad through all of their recent training camps held in Antigua and was part of the Windward Islands team for the Women’s Championship earlier this year.
Joseph is excited about the competition and looking forward to playing in front of her home crowd in St Lucia.
“It’s so unfortunate that Sheneta had to be withdrawn, as it would have been a great experience for her. However, I must take this selection as a blessing and do my best to assist the team in retaining our World (Women’s) T20 Championship at home. The team will do the best to make her proud," Joseph said.
The 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20 will be hosted in the West Indies from November 9 to 24.
The structure of the competition is simple - the 10 teams are divided into two round-robin groups of five, with two teams from each group qualifying for the semi-finals.