Sack­ing of Sim­mons, Sammy hurt­ing WI – Waqar

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

SHARJAH, United Arab Emi­rates (CMC): GREAT FOR­MER Pak­istan speed­ster Waqar You­nis be­lieves the dra­matic sack­ing of West Indies head coach Phil Sim­mons, on the eve of the on­go­ing tour, has had a neg­a­tive im­pact on the Caribbean side’s per­for­mance.

West Indies looked a shadow of them­selves in the Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional se­ries and were stunned 3-0 by Pak­istan, and also suf­fered a heavy 111-run de­feat in the open­ing one-day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) of the three-match se­ries here last Fri­day. They also lost heav­ily, by 59 runs, in the sec­ond ODI yes­ter­day.

Waqar, who snared 373 wick­ets in 87 Tests, said the un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally poor show­ing, es­pe­cially in the T20s, was a sign that Sim­mons’ ax­ing and that of in­spi­ra­tional cap­tain Dar­ren Sammy had left the side in dis­ar­ray.

“To be hon­est, I feel there are plenty of loop­holes. They don’t re­ally look like a unit, hav­ing sacked their coach be­fore com­ing on this tour,” said the 44-year-old.

“They are hav­ing is­sues with new cap­tain (Car­los Brath­waite) hav­ing to step in, as they also sacked their cap­tain Dar­ren Sammy. These things are never good and easy when you are go­ing to play in some­one else’s back­yard.

CLEARLY AF­FECTED

“All these (fac­tors) have re­ally af­fected them and you could clearly see it dur­ing the T20 se­ries, their body lan­guage is not there.”

West Indies are the reign­ing T20 World cham­pi­ons af­ter their tri­umph in In­dia last April, but failed to live up to their billing, with three suc­ces­sive wretched per­for­mances.

In the open­ing T20 in Dubai, they were dis­missed for 115 to lose by nine wick­ets and in the sec­ond game the fol­low­ing day, lost by 16 runs af­ter fail­ing to chase down 161 at the same venue.

The fi­nal game in Abu Dhabi was even more shock­ing for West Indies as they could only muster a pal­try 103 for five from their 20 overs, al­low­ing Pak­istan to ease to an easy eight-wicket win.

Waqar, who has served as a Pak­istan head coach in the past but is now a tele­vi­sion an­a­lyst for the se­ries, said West Indies faced the hu­mil­i­a­tion of los­ing ev­ery game on tour – in­clud­ing the three Tests later this month – if they did not quickly ar­rest the cur­rent slide.

“They have to re­ally pull their strings very quickly be­fore it gets too late. At the mo­ment, af­ter what I have seen in this se­ries, it looks like it might be 9-0, to be very hon­est,” Waqar con­tended.

“They have to re­ally play good cricket. Some­body has to in­spire this West Indies team to go out and play pos­i­tive. At the mo­ment, they look like they are all over the place.”

AP

For­mer WI cap­tain Dar­ren Sammy (left) and past coach Phil Sim­mons.

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