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Cricket news - Merissa Aguilleira retires from international cricket

Appointed captain in 2009, Aguilleira led the team till 2015.

Merissa Aguilleira, the former Windies Women captain, has retired from international cricket, she announced on Wednesday (April 24). After making her debut, she featured in 112 ODIs and 95 T20Is to end with 1752 and 768 runs respectively.

Appointed captain in 2009, she led the team till 2015 and was at the helm of affairs in the World Cup final in 2013 and in three T20 WCs in 2010, 2012 and 2014. "I wish to thank all members of the team with which I worked and that worked with me to secure success in our endeavours to bring pleasure, pride, happiness and inspiration to West Indian people everywhere," Aguilleira said in a Cricket West Indies statement.

"It is an absolute honour to have been of service to West Indies cricket. My continued goal is to assist CWI to build and develop women's cricket and help others like me to achieve their dreams."

She led the side one final time in the series against Pakistan in February this year, with Stafanie Taylor out injured. She also bagged over 100 dismissals as a 'keeper with 78 catches and 26 stumping ODIs.

Jimmy Adams, the CWI's director of cricket, thanked the veteran for her services and felt in the 11 years of playing the game, her professionalism stood out the most. "From my own experience this cannot be the easiest of times for Merissa. However, her dignity and candour in communicating this decision has been exceptional. The highest of accolades are due to her for a career spanning more than 10 years which included over 100 ODIs. Far exceeding the statistics, Merissa has been the epitome of professionalism throughout her career whilst consistently upholding the highest possible standards on and off the field," he said.

"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. I wish her all the very best as she begins a new chapter in her life."

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