Afi Fletcher to play key role – says Ezra Mosely

Assistant Coach of the West Indies Women’s cricket team, Ezra Mosely, says Grenadian leg spinner Afi Fletcher will have a key role to play for the regional side during separate tournaments in South Africa and India.

Moseley made his disclosure at the end of a two week camp where Fletcher emerged as the most successful player in warm-up matches, ahead of the West Indies tour of South Africa.

Fletcher returned to the West Indies women cricket team for the successful series against Pakistan late last year, after being out of the side for six years.

“She came in after a very good regional tournament, she bowled well…she didn’t bowl all that well against the Pakistanis but in the camp she has worked hard,” said Moseley.

“She has really given it a good tweak hitting good lines and good length and she is causing trouble for our players”.

The 28-year-old all-rounder, who was named Grenada’s Female Sports Personality of 2015, secured two four-wicket hauls and made a match-winning knock in matches at the 3Ws Oval.

“Let’s hope that when she goes to South Africa and India that she can continue in that vein because she will be a key player for us being a leg break bowler spinning the ball away from the right handers,” said Moseley.

“I think she can cause some problems once she is bowling well”.

West Indies women cricketers were leaving here Tuesday and Wednesday for South Africa where they are scheduled to play three One-Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals, games which will prepare them for the ICC World Cup in India.

“South Africa is an improving side and if we play to the bests of our ability I think we can beat the South Africans,”he said.

“We want to go there and win every game. That will be our main focus”.

West Indies Women are set to do battle at the March 15 to April 3 tournament where they will line up in Group B alongside hosts India, Bangladesh, England and Pakistan.

West Indies have gotten agonizingly close to entering the finals of the World Cup three times, after they were knocked out at semifinal stages in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

“The world cup has been on our minds and I hope that the girls can really turn it on come world cup. We don’t want to be considered chokers,” said Mosely.

“It’s time we go all the way and from last year that is all the talk around the camp that we must win the world cup. The girls believe that they can win the world cup so it’s up to them now to do it”.

(Taken from CMC)