Kolkata: Having clinched their maiden Women’s World Twenty20 title, West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor on Sunday said that the historic triumph should act as the stepping stone for the development of the women’s game in the Caribbean.
Taylor called for the Caribbean authorities to develop infrastructure so that the women’s game is developed there.
“We have to move on from here, not just enjoy, look at it as a stepping stone. We don’t want to stick here. We definitely need some infrastructure like in Australia and England. We need young guys coming up,” Taylor said at the post-match press conference after West Indies beat three-time defending champions Australia by eight wickets in the summit showdown at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
“When these core players go, it will deteriorate. We need to start building. We need consistency to compete against teams like England and Australia.”
Taylor, who hit a 57-ball 59, said the mindset of targeting to bat through instead of thinking about the England total helped her side win the final.
“It’s funny, we never discussed the total. We just wanted to bat through, it was good to keep wickets in hand. We could do that stay there and bat through,” Taylor said as the West Indies chased down the target of 149 to halt a quadruple of titles by the Australians.
Taylor said she and her teammates were still feeling “unreal” about winning the title.
“I don’t think it has sunk in yet. When we wake up in the morning it’s going to be like is it real trophy. I will ask myself is this real? When we touch down in the Caribbean that’s when it’s going to hit you. A lot of people with cameras… you will realise that you have won the World Cup,” Taylor said.
Hayley Matthews, 18, was the star of the West Indies run chase with a match-winning 66 from 45 balls to be adjudged the Player of the Match.