Phil Simmons, the head coach for the West Indies, regretted the absence of several of their top white-ball cricketers and said that the administrators won’t beg them to play for the West Indies. The West Indies were beaten badly by India in the just-finished T20I series.
Due to uneven performances and the absence of some of its top players, West Indies cricket has suffered severely in white-ball cricket. Some of their greatest players have chosen to engage in franchise cricket rather than wear the maroon jersey for the West Indies national team.
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Oshane Thomas and Evin Lewis have not performed well in fitness tests, and Sheldon Cottrell, Fabian Allen, and Roston Chase are injured, which is hindering the Caribbean side’s preparations for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia. Global T20 stars Andre Russell and Sunil Narine are currently participating in England’s premier domestic white-ball tournament, The Hundred.
The head coach of the squad, Phil Simmons, recently discussed the topic of players choosing to play for their franchises rather than for their country and made the bold declaration that he would not beg them to play for their national team. It must be left up to them to decide.
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What did Phil Simmons say about the West Indies players playing in franchise cricket?
“It is painful. It cannot be stated any more plainly than that. But what options do you have? I don’t believe it’s appropriate for me to be pleading with individuals to play for their own nations. If you really care about representing the West Indies, I have no doubt that you will make yourself accessible. Life has changed in the sense that individuals now have the possibility to travel to various countries, and if they pick that over the West Indies, that’s just the way it is,” Phill Simmons said.