West Indies coach Phil Simmons urged the younger members of his squad to seize their probabilities within the forthcoming three one-day internationals and two-Test sequence in opposition to Bangladesh. “My rule and message to all the players here is that you are not here to fill in,” Simmons instructed reporters within the staff’s first press convention in Dhaka, held on-line on Tuesday. “You are here to give yourself a chance. You have a chance now to seal your place in the team. “If you do properly right here, it augurs properly for you shifting ahead.
“You come here and do well in the three ODIs and two Tests, you are putting yourself in a place from where nobody can move you. Only you have the opportunity,” he mentioned.
The West Indies arrived with a depleted squad in Bangladesh as quite a lot of common gamers, together with captain Jason Holder and senior figures Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo opted out due to coronavirus fears.
Others resembling Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran additionally declined to journey, forcing Cricket West Indies to call an inexperienced squad for the sequence.
Simmons mentioned he had no complaints concerning the gamers who determined to not journey.
“I can’t say it was a wrong call for them. Everybody has their reasons and opinions,” he mentioned.
“They made their selections. They took the perfect choice for them. I can not resolve what’s greatest for anybody else however Phil Simmons.
“I believe that every one our gamers have been given the choice from the primary sequence.
“Some chose it in the first series, some in the last series and some chose it in this series. I think that people have different reasons for doing things. I cannot judge anyone for not going on a tour,” he mentioned.
Simmons mentioned West Indies are actually one of the vital skilled groups in a bio-secure setting having already performed sequence in England and New Zealand amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We know that we have to stick to the protocols even when you are out of the first phase. We have to maintain distance as much as possible. It is all about keeping each other safe,” he mentioned.
After their warm-up recreation in opposition to an area facet, West Indies tackle Bangladesh in two ODIs in Dhaka on January 20 and 22 with the ultimate one-day recreation in Chittagong on January 25.
The first Test begins February three in Dhaka, with the second getting underway on February 11.
All the matches might be performed in empty stadiums.
Bangladesh has recorded greater than 500,000 Covid-19 instances however its fatality fee has been one of many world’s lowest.
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