Taylor shifts focus for Women’s CPL
Captain Stafanie Taylor is ready to take on the challenges of the inaugural season of the Women's Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after the Guyana Amazon Warriors ended their campaign at the semi-finals stage of the just-concluded Women's 6ixty tournament.
"I thought the tournament (6ixty) was really good. We had a lot of fun even though we didn't win. I'm now looking forward to the CPL and I think that would be really good too, coming up against two strong teams, so, hopefully, this time we would make the final," said Taylor.
Taylor believes the Amazon Warriors are more suited for the CPL format, compared to that of the 6ixty.
"I just think that with the batters that we had, we could have done a lot better in the 6ixty and sometimes those things do happen, where the batters don't come off. We're hoping that with the longer version people will have more time to get themselves in and, hopefully, take us over the line when we need it," Taylor added.
Individually, Taylor, who featured in a total of four matches in the 6ixty, finished second in most runs scored with a total of 93 and argued that the adjustment to the CPL should not be hard to make, despite the short turnaround time.
According to Taylor, the Amazon Warriors have a lot of young players, who will now have the opportunity to shine.
"I don't think it will be difficult. I'm not sure what the line-up will be like, but I'm not sure if we will have many changes, hopefully, we will give some young faces opportunities.
"Sometimes it's not always about winning, but also improving other players. I think we have many young players in the group and we will definitely want to give them the opportunity on the stage to show what they can do," said Taylor.
The 31-year-old Taylor added that she is basking in her captaincy role of the Guyana Amazon Warriors and is enjoying the challenges that it brings.
"I do like to captain. I think it's been really fun captaining the players and I believe we do have a good bunch of players. I'm hoping that everyone looks at this and relish being out there and being a part of something new," Taylor said.