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“I don’t think I should be begging people to play for the West Indies,” said team’s dejected head coach Phil Simmons. The former opener expressed disappointment even as the board struggles to bring in their best team for the upcoming T20 World Cup, with most cricketers playing franchise competition elsewhere or injured. “It hurts. There is no other way to say it. But what can you do? I don’t think I should beg people to play for their country. I think if you want to represent the West Indies, you make yourself available ‘ll ask,” Simmons was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“Life has changed in that people have the option to go to different places and if they prefer that to the West Indies that’s exactly how it is,” he added.
The list of absentees is long. Andre Russell has not made himself available for selection as the star all-rounder — along with Sunil Narine — is currently playing the Hundred. Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas did not show up for their fitness tests, while Sheldon Cottrell, Fabian Allen and Roston Chase are all injured.
While India’s 1-4 at bat didn’t help recently, the team will have one last chance to try out the remaining players in the international arena for the flagship T20 in the three-game series against New Zealand, which will follow later in the game. day begins.
“From what I’ve gathered, I think he’s not available because he didn’t make himself available,” chief selector Desmond Haynes said of Russell.
“I will love everyone to play for the West Indies. I would love to see all the guys make themselves available to play,” added Haynes.
“But you have to realize that the guys have options now, and if guys choose other franchises for the West Indies, then we have to choose who is available to us.” The T20 World Cup is played in Australia in October-November.
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