Kolkata: Having clinched their maiden Women's World Twenty20 title, West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor said that the historic triumph should act as the stepping stone for the development of the women's game in the Caribbeans.
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, look at it as a stepping stone. We don't want to be stuck here. We definitely need infrastructure like they do in Australia and England. We need young guys coming up," Taylor said at the post-match press conference on Sunday, after West Indies beat three-time defending champions Australia by eight wickets in the summit showdown.
"When these core players go, it will deteriorate. We need to start re-building. We need consistency to compete with teams like England and Australia," she added.
Taylor, who hit a 57-ball 59 in the final, said the mindset of not thinking about the England total helped her side win the final. "It's funny, we never discussed the total. We just knew we 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 149-run target to halt a quadruple of titles by the Australians.
Taylor said she and her team-mates were still feeling "unreal" about winning the title. "I don't think it has sunk in yet. When we wake up in the morning, we'll ask ourselves if it was real. When we touch down at the Caribbean, that's when it's going to hit us. A lot of people with cameras will be there, and we will realise that we have won the World Cup," Taylor said.
Hayley Matthews, 18, was the star of West Indies run chase with a match-winning knock of 66 from 45 balls, also helping her be adjudged player of the tournament. Taylor credited the stint she and Matthews' had in the Women's Big Bash in Australia for their side's dominating show.
"It actually helped us. It was good for her to get the exposure and build. She's matured, the way she played," Taylor said about Matthews.
She said that they enjoy full support from the West Indies men's team. "We have their full support. When we won the semis, Darren Sammy said we need to celebrate and have a drink. We are quite far, far away. We cant interact face to face and rely on text
messages with people back home. We just need to go there and
do your best," she added.
Asked about the men's team being involved in a row with the West Indies Cricket Board ahead of the World T20, she said, "We don't really get caught up on what's happening. We're focussed on cricket. We cant control what's actually there. We have to concentrate on playing cricket."
She said she and her team-mates want to play Test cricket. "That's one of my dreams, to play Test cricket. It will suit my style and build my game. I would definitely like to play Tests. Some of the girls playing here would also like the longer format and build their game. It will help us in ODIs too."
Among the sparse crowd at the Eden Gardens, there were a handful of supporters from the Caribbeans and Taylor thanked them. "It's fantastic to see a lot of Windies fans. It helped us go forward," Taylor said.