Cave Hill, Barbados – The West Indies women contracted players are finishing up a two week skills development camp at the Sagicor High Performance Centre.
The six players – Merissa Aguillera, Stafanie Taylor, Deandra Dottin, Anisa Mohammed, Stacy Ann King and Shanel Daley – worked on various aspects of their game in one-on-one sessions with Windies Women’s Head Coach Sherwin Campbell and coaches Stephanie Power, Toby Radford, Andre Coley and Roddy Estwick.
Daley, the West Indies all rounder, said the camp has been extremely beneficial to her development as a player.
"I’m very glad for the opportunity to be here. The camp has been a very good experience and the one-on-one sessions have been particularly useful," Daley said.
"Camps like these are important for us because we can examine our game and development our cricket," she stressed.
Daley said she did extensive work with Radford on playing spin bowling more competently. The 22 year old left handed batswoman and left arm medium pacer said that Radford showed her methods of correcting some deficiencies against spin bowling.
Speaking about the fitness element of the camp Daley said it was more challenging than usual but thought it was critical as she needed to do specific work to strengthen her legs.
"All the girls are excited about this opportunity and we are looking forward to taking the information we learnt here back to our countries and sharing it with our club members and other teammates," explained the Jamaican.
"We really would like to see this kind of camp more and more, not just for us who are here but for all our teammates on the West Indies team," said Daley who is from Kingston.
"We really thought this was going to be a regular camp but it was comprehensive and detailed and we are happy with all the attention we have gotten," revealed Daley, the daughter of Aaron Daley who appeared in 40 matches for Jamaica at the regional level.
"It’s a definite step towards the development of women’s cricket and I have to thank the WICB for giving us the support and for giving us contracts as well as it encourages us to focus more on the game and do better at it," said Daley who was born on Christmas day 1988.
The players had sessions in video analysis, anti-doping, anti-corruption, team work and leadership and media relations in addition to advice on their diet and fitness.
WICB Player Relations Officer Ayana Cooper was among the presenters along with resource personnel from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus.