Bet­ter se­lec­tions needed for Windies’ T20 squad: Sim­mons

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LUC­KNOW, In­dia, CMC – Afghanistan’s cricket coach Phil Sim­mons has crit­i­cised the West Indies’ se­lec­tors for some of their de­ci­sions fol­low­ing the side’s 71-run loss to In­dia in the sec­ond Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional on Tues­day.

Sim­mons, a for­mer head coach of the re­gional side, said the team’s se­lec­tors seemed to not fully un­der­stand the for­mat, as was ev­i­dent in some of their choices.

He said one such de­ci­sion was a move to pro­mote De­nesh Ramdin to the toporder, re­fer­ring to it as an ex­am­ple of con­fu­sion in the lineup.

“It just sounds and looks like who’s se­lect­ing the team don’t un­der­stand what the T20 for­mat needs and what is go­ing on with this team. The roles of peo­ple are not be­ing de­fined,” Sim­mons said.

“I think when you’re se­lect­ing a team, you have to make sure you have the right peo­ple for each phase of the T20 for­mat. And if you don’t have the right peo­ple at the top of it, as In­dia have shown with their three in Ro­hit (Sharma), Shikhar (Dhawan) and when­ever Vi­rat (Kohli) is there, they have that bal­ance. They pro­vide that sta­bil­ity for the rest of the team.”

Sim­mons said the in­abil­ity of the se­lec­tors to find a solid open­ing pair was one of the Windies’ big­gest is­sues.

He said once a steady open­ing pair was es­tab­lished, the tone would be set for bats­men such as Dar­ren Bravo, as well as bighit­ters Kieron Pol­lard and Ni­co­las Pooran to feel more con­fi­dent in the wicket.

“With West Indies only hav­ing makeshift open­ers, you only cre­ate prob­lems for your­self be­cause when they fail early on, the mid­dle-or­der doesn’t have any time to set­tle, and that’s where the struggle is com­ing from,” Sim­mons con­tended.

Phil Sim­mons

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