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Newly appointed West Indies women’s team assistant coach, Corey Collymore, insists the unit must be given time to get back to its best form.
The regional team claimed the ICC Women’s World Cup with a surprise won over Australia in 2016. Since then, not only have the Windies failed to win another title but seem increasingly unable to compete with the game’s biggest teams.
At the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup the team failed to advance from the group stage after winning just one game. In September of last year, the team found itself on the wrong side of a one-sided 5-0 loss at the hands of England. Collymore, the specialist bowling coach, believes that based on their talent the Windies could once again be battling against the top teams, but it will take work.
“As I said to them, it will take some work. I was with the U19s in 2016 but now being here with these ladies, and judging from England, I spoke to them and I said our overall game definitely needs some serious work,” Collymore told members of the media.
“We’ll put that in, but it will take time. We’re not here to say you need five years or whatever the case may be, but we need a pool of players that we can put some consistent work in, then we can be able to choose a squad that will be able to go forward and deliver performances like the one in 2016.”
The team, which has been inactive since September, is currently at a training camp in Antigua with one eye on the World Cup qualifiers later this year.