The women’s team of West Indies met with an injury blow during the ICC T20 World Cup encounter against England when skipper Stafanie Taylor collapsed on the ground while taking a run. As a result, the experienced Windies all-rounder has been ruled out of Windies’ next game in the ongoing tournament.
The captain of the team has been one of the main reasons why Windies women dominate the shortest format. However, she has not been performing to her fullest capabilities and her team crumbled when she went out of the ground on a stretcher.
The coach of the side, Gus Logie, confirmed the news of her absence in the next game and shared that it is getting really difficult for her to get the whole team out there as some of the crucial players are going through some injury problems. She further added that her main motive is to send the strongest eleven into the ground when the next match arrives.
“I have to get my XI on the field first. Right now we’re struggling. The captain is out of the tournament, no two ways about it. We’ve had other players who’ve had issues reoccurring as the tour went on. We are hoping to put a fit XI on the field first,” Logie said while talking to the reporters.
Players like Britney Cooper and Chilnelle Henry are also experiencing some issues and are not fully fit. Cooper twisted her ankle recently while Henry was not a part of the game against England because of an injury that has posed difficulties in the past too. She admitted that injuries to these players have been a huge setback for the team.
The ongoing tournament has been really bad for the former champions. They could only win one match against Thailand and were beaten comprehensively in the earlier games. Pakistan defeated then by 8 wickets and chased a target of 124 with ten balls to spare while England thumped them by bowling them under 100 runs and winning the game by a good margin of 46 runs.
West Indies will play their next games against South Africa on March 3. South Africa have already qualified for the semis and will look to win their fourth consecutive game of the tournament. On the other hand, Windies would love to go out of the tournament with some a dignified win.
Apart from South Africa, teams like India and England have also qualified for the semi-finals.