The upcoming T20 series against Sri Lanka will be used as a Windies platform to identify key players for the World T20 Championship in India later this year.
The West Indies, who are the defending World T20 champions, will take on Sri Lanka in a three-game series, with matches being played on March 3, 5, and 7 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
The Windies will be playing their second T20 series since the COVID-19 pandemic, following a 2-0 series thrashing by New Zealand late last year.
According to head coach Phil Simmons, selectors are keen on identifying the core of players who will make up the squad for the World Cup scheduled to be played between October and November 2021 in India.
“We need to start seeing how the makeup of our team goes, we need to make sure that people are able to do their jobs that we want them to do, whether it be at the top of the batting order, whether it be at the middle or end and the same with the bowling,” said Simmons.
He noted that it’s a good time to gain insights on bowling and batting options going forward.
“We got to identify as soon as possible who is going to bowl our new ball and who is gonna bowl at the death and so, it starts from now. So, by the time we are playing Australia in some T20’s in July we must know who is our final 15 or 16 to go to World Cup,” Simmons opined.
Moreover, he lauded Chris Gayle and Fidel Edwards’ return to the squad. He sees them as adding value to the Windies’ side.
He said Gayle is still proving his worth with the bat, as evidenced by his batting prowess shown in the IPL. He also noted that the pace bowler Edwards is still clocking 90 mph.
Gayle has not played international cricket since 2019, while Edwards has been away from the West Indies cricket setup for nearly a decade.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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