Says left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein and legspinner Hayden Walsh amongst West Indians to be careful for within the ODI collection

West Indies males’s coach Phil Simmons is counting on his staff’s “enthusiasm and starvation” to beat “clear favourites” Bangladesh within the ODI collection beginning subsequent week. Several top West indies players opted out of the tour, their third because the resumption of cricket after the Covid-19 pandemic’s onset. They’ve been changed by 9 uncapped cricketers within the 15-man ODI squad.

Simmons mentioned that West Indies are aiming for a collection win over a facet that has crushed them within the final two bilateral collection, performed two years in the past, and one which has received eight out of their last ten bilateral ODI series at home. For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan returns after finishing his ICC-mandated suspension final 12 months. Additionally they have within the combine Tamim Iqbal, who was appointed ODI captain and Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, two of their most skilled gamers.

“Bangladesh is clearly favourites as a result of they play effectively at dwelling,” Simmons mentioned. “We won’t argue with that. Typically expertise performs an element however generally enthusiasm and starvation trumps expertise. We do have just a few skilled gamers. We left the Caribbean with the goal to win the ODI collection. You may say that we do not have our full staff, however on the identical time now we have a staff right here which is hungry, needs to do effectively, and desirous to play, battle and scrap in these circumstances.”

Simmons did not need to touch upon the gamers who’ve pulled out. Nevertheless, he had a transparent message for many who are on this tour, significantly the youthful ones from whom he expects efficiency and constructive perspective, with one eye on the ODI World Cup Super League.

“It’s the tournament to qualify for the [2023 ODI] World Cup, so it is a begin. My rule and message to all of the gamers right here is that you’re not right here to fill in. You might be right here to offer your self an opportunity. You’ve gotten an opportunity now to seal your home within the staff,” he mentioned. “When you do effectively right here, it augers effectively for you shifting ahead. You come right here and do effectively within the three ODIs and two Assessments, you’re placing your self in a spot from the place no one can transfer you. Solely you’ve got the chance.”

Simmons mentioned that with a busy schedule developing for West Indies over the remainder of the 12 months, significantly at dwelling the place they’re slated to face Australia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and South Africa, the upcoming collection in opposition to Bangladesh is an effective likelihood to audition for an prolonged run with the facet.

“After we went to England, we carried 25 gamers. We’ve got seen couple of younger gamers together with the 2 that made their debut in New Zealand, come via from that. We’ve got seen just a few of the opposite younger gamers that we all know on this tour that we did not know earlier than. This opens up the pool,” he mentioned. “A number of the locations are within the gamers’ fingers. In the event that they do effectively right here, they will put themselves in line to play most of those collection developing.”

Simmons, nonetheless, mentioned that they aren’t but totally positive of who would slot into the enjoying XI come January 20, and that the ultimate resolution would rely largely on what they see at coaching, from January 14, together with their solitary apply match on January 18.

“I believe 9 out of ten it will likely be on what we see as we go alongside. I believe initially you should have someone just like the captain within the center or late center order and we are going to work out how we steadiness the staff round him,” he mentioned. “I believe we’re right here with a balanced staff. We’ve got three spinners and three quick bowlers. We’ve got a seaming allrounder. We’ve got steadiness throughout. The choice on whether or not we go together with three quick bowlers and two spinners, or two quick bowlers and three spinners, hasn’t been made but.”

One of many attention-grabbing facets of West Indies’ ODI squad is the doubtless mixture of newcomer Akeal Hosein, a left-arm orthodox spinner who starred in Trinbago Knight Riders’ CPL 2020 triumph final 12 months, and legspinner Hayden Walsh.

“Akeal has carried out effectively. He has performed for Trinidad for various years now, however he has carried out effectively not too long ago within the CPL. We noticed what he can do within the Powerplay and latter a part of the innings. He’s additionally an excellent fieldsman and maintain his personal with the bat. He’s an allround cricketer. We hope he can settle and perhaps type a partnership with Hayden,” Simmons mentioned.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84


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