‘We can’t beg people to play for West Indies’, says head coach Phil Simmons
Phil Simmons On West Indies Cricketers: West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has expressed his disappointment over the continued unavailability of his players. At the same time, he has said that he cannot beg players to play for West Indies and if cricketers are willing to represent the country, they should be available themselves. The condition of West Indies cricket team is very bad as many of their players are playing in different leagues across the world but they are not available to play for the country.
Andre Russell has not made himself available for selection for a long time, while no information has been given about the availability of Sunil Narine. Apart from them, Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas have not appeared for their fitness test and players like Sheldon Cottrell, Fabian Allen and Roston Chase are out due to injuries, a report in ESPN Cricinfo said.
With the T20 World Cup almost two months away, West Indies are far from looking for their best team. The recent 4-1 series loss to India at home also did not help in finding the best team. The three-match T20I series, starting against New Zealand, will give the team management one last chance to see players in an international team before the CPL.
Russell has not played cricket for the West Indies since the 2021 T20 World Cup. He is currently playing in The Hundred. Narine has missed the home series against India and now against New Zealand. A few days back, the hard-hitting batsman was part of the list of overseas players unveiled by the UAE’s International League T20, which will begin in January next year.
Chief selector Desmond Haynes said of Russell’s condition, “I think he is unavailable because he hasn’t made himself available.” He said, “I would love all the players for West Indies. I would love to make sure that everyone makes themselves available to play. But you must realize that people have options now, and if the players are from West Indies There are other franchises out there, so then we have to see who is available for us.”
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