Simmons urges players to use Bangladesh tour to cement places in test, ODI teams

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Karen Madden

With a packed scheduled home series in 2021 and automatic qualification for the 2023 ICC World Cup at stake, West Indies coach Phil Simmons says players should aim to cement their places in both the test and ODI squads with good performances in Bangladesh.

The Caribbean team has arrived in Bangladesh with depleted squads for the tour. This is because twelve regular players across both ODI and test squads declined the tour, with 10, including test skipper Jason Holder and limited overs captain Kieron Pollard, citing COVID-19 pandemic concerns. 

However, Simmons has urged the players on tour not to see themselves as substitute players when the tour bowls off on January 18 with the first One Day International in Dhaka. 

Meanwhile, all members of the west indies contingent tested negative for COVID-19 in the first round of testing since arriving in Bangladesh on Sunday.



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