Retired Merissa Aguilleira to focus on youth development

By April 24, 2019
Merissa Aguilleira appeals for a stumping against South Africa, during her last home series in 2018. Merissa Aguilleira appeals for a stumping against South Africa, during her last home series in 2018.

Former Windies women’s captain and Trinidad and Tobago player, Merissa Aguilleira, has called time on her international cricket career. 

Aguilleira calls time on a career that spans more than 100 One Day Internationals and captained the Windies for six years, going from 2009-2015.

Aguilleira made her debut for the Windies in 2008, and has since, in her role as wicketkeeper, accounted for more than 100 scalps in ODI cricket, and 70 in T20Is.

Speaking with SportsMax.tv, Aguilleira said the decision didn’t come easily, but she was sure this was what she wanted to do.

“I think it is something I have been thinking about for the past six or seven months and I’ve finally come to the realization that this is exactly what I want,” said Aguilleira.

Aguilleira will now turn her attention to the improvement of women’s cricket in the region.

“It’s all about moving the next generation ahead. When you look in my country, there is so much to be done in terms of getting the youth back on track,” said Aguilleira.

To that end, Aguilleira says she will put as much into the next phase of her career as she did as a player for the region.

“I know I am only one person but the vision I have is to make sure I try and impact as many youths as I can. So I will definitely be looking to give back to West Indies cricket. I’ve learnt so much in the course of my career with the West Indies women’s cricket team,” she said.

“It has been a pleasure. I’m looking at the releases and realizing wow, I’ve served the West Indies for over 10 years. That’s an accomplishment in itself. Thank God for giving me the opportunity and thank the coaches, the management staff, CWI, my family, my friends, my fans for the opportunity, for sticking with me.”

Director of cricket, Jimmy Adams said, in a way that suggests he knew what he was talking about, that Aguilleira would continue to contribute to the sport she grew up playing.

“Personally I am very grateful to Merissa for all her help and assistance she gave me since I became Director of Cricket, and I have no doubt that she will continue to add value to the game in the region in the future,” said Adams.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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