First-time West Indies Women’s captain, Stafanie Taylor, is banking on her popularity among teammates to guide her through her first stint as leader of the regional aggregation.The most decorated regional female cricketer of all time is set to assume the post next month when she leads the regional side against Pakistan in a one-day and Twenty20 International home series.The day and night series will be played in St Lucia and Grenada, respectively, between October 13 and 31.”Most of the players do have respect for me, and I definitely have a lot of respect for them,” said the 24-year-old Taylor, who has been a member of regional side since 1998.”I, therefore, definitely think that I will get the support of, if not most, maybe all.”The outstanding batting all-rounder, who in 2013 was voted ICC Women Cricketer of The Year, replaces long-standing captain, wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira, who guided West Indies to the final of the 2013 Women’s World Cup, and two Women’s World Twenty20 semi-finals.The one-day leg of the Pakistan tour will form part of both teams’ bid to finish in the top four of the round-robin ICC Women’s Championship.The quartet will automatically qualify for the 2017 Women World Cup to be staged in England.The bottom four, meanwhile, will have another chance of qualification through an ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier series in 2017.The regional women will shortly assemble for a training camp in St Lucia.
Former Holland midfielder Ronald de Boer has urged Manchester United fans to be patient with under-pressure manager Louis van Gaal, insisting his former boss WILL bring glory back to Old Trafford.The Red Devils currently sit fourth in the Premier League table and just six points adrift of leaders Leicester, but their position is perhaps misleading considering their form so far this year.Fans have become frustrated with the style of football on display at Old Trafford this season and the pressure on Van Gaal increased after Saturday’s shock 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth – a result which extended their winless run to five games.De Boer admits the fear factor has disappeared from Old Trafford but the former Holland international, who won three Eredivisie titles and one Champions League crown under Van Gaal at Ajax, insists results WILL improve if they stick with the boss.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, De Boer said: “Sometimes when teams enter a stadium they already know they’re going to give three points away, but it this moment that’s not the case.“I think that if you spend as much money as Manchester United have over the last two years, you can expect criticism if you aren’t performing. But I’m a Van Gaal fan, he’s one of the best managers I’ve ever worked with.“I believe in him, I stand behind him and I think in the end he will do it.“They’re only two wins away from Leicester at the top of the league, so they’re still very much in the hunt for the title.“We just have to be patient.”United were criticised for failing to land a quality striker during the summer transfer window, having been forced to spend £36million on the largely inexperienced 20-year-old Anthony Martial on transfer deadline day.And De Boer insists the lack of a 20-goal-a-season striker is central to their current plight.He added: “I think their problem is with their forwards. At this moment is they don’t have one guy, a target man, who can score 20 or 25 goals a season.“Also, Wayne Rooney is not a number nine anymore, he’s more like a ten now behind a striker. They face a bit of a problem in that sense.“One of the other problems for me is the age. The likes of Depay, Martial and Lingard, they’re so young and super talented, but you cannot expect these young payers to always play great football.”