Campbell backs girls to win awards
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Sherwin Campbell, the Head Coach of the West Indies Women’s Team, is delighted that three of his players are in line for major international awards.
Stafanie Taylor, Shanel Daley and Deandra Dottin are on the short list for International Cricket Council’s ODI Women’s Player of the Year and the International Cricket Council’s T20 Player of the Year awards.
The winners will be announced by the International Cricket Council in Dubai on Saturday.
“It is really great that we have three players in line for these major awards in women’s cricket. We have some fantastic players in the team and I believe we will take home both these awards,” Campbell told WICB Media.
“Taylor has been fantastic for us yet again and continues to show why she is the best player in the world. Daley has developed into a really good spinner and tactician and Dottin again demonstrated her awesome power and batting ability. All three have done enough to win the awards their are up for but obviously all three won't win. I see this as a step towards bigger and better things for women's cricket and women's sport in the Caribbean.”
Campbell has been at the forefront of the re-emergence of the West Indies team since their re-admission to international cricket in 2008. In just five years they have moved to Number 2 in One-Dayers and Top 4 in T20s.
Taylor, Daley and Dottin have all made major contribution to the team’s development and success. Earlier this year Taylor became the first player in history to be Number 1 Allrounder, Batter and Bowler in the ICC ODI rankings.
Daley is the Number 1 ranked bowler in the ICC Women’s T20 rankings while Dottin won the Most Valuable Player award during the Women’s T20 Tri Series in October.
Campbell added: “We had a good year as a team. We got the better of South Africa at home in January and the girls played their hearts out to reach the final of the World Cup in India in February. We went on to beat Sri Lanka in their own and when we came home we again performed really well to beat New Zealand in the ODIs in Jamaica and win the Tri Series in Barbados.
“We were disappointed to lose the ODI Series against England in Trinidad – which was our first defeat at home in a long time – but we knew we did some great things this year. You could say we were the ‘Team of the Year’ and it would be icing on the care to see our girls win the Player of the Year awards on Saturday.”