Hayley Matthews in action. ©ICC

20-year-old all-rounder, Hayley Matthews has been named the Vice-Captain of the Windies squad for the ICC Women’s World T20; which is scheduled to be played from November 9 in the West Indies. Matthews, who played an important knock of 66 from 45 balls in the final of 2014 ICC World T20, will be the deputy to captain Stafanie Taylor. 

After having made her debut in 2014, Matthews has played more than 70 Internationals with nearly 2000 runs to her name. While talking about that, she shared, “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 about her deputy that she will handle the responsibility pretty well and continue to perform well for the country.

“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.”

On the other hand, 17-year old fast bowler, Sheneta Grimmond has been replaced by Qiana Joseph due to injury. Joseph has attended all of the team’s recent training camps held in Antigua throughout the year. She was a part of the Windward Islands team for the Women’s Championship earlier this year.

Joseph is excited about the mega event and is looking forward to playing in front of her home crowd in St. Lucia. While talking about her selection in the team as a replacement, she said, “It’s so unfortunate that Sheneta had to be withdrawn, as it would have been a great experience for her.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.”

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