West Indies eye 10 points

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:28, Jan 23,2021


West Indies is still hopeful about earning a win worth 10 points in the World cup Super League when they face Bangladesh in the third and final one-day international of the three-match series, which will take place on Monday in Chattogram.

The ongoing ODI series is both Bangladesh and West Indies’ first venture in the Super League, the qualification process for the 2023 ICC World Cup, and so far Bangladesh has earned 20 points with two wins while the visitors are sitting at 0 points.

Phil Simmons, head coach of the West Indies cricket team, told the media that he saw some signs of improvement in the second ODI and is hoping that his charges will further step up their game in the next match to earn their first points in the Super League.

‘We came here for 30 points but we still have chance to get 10 points in this competition,’ Simmons said during a virtual media interaction session on Saturday.

‘We have got from 122 to 148, but we need to get into the 230-250, so that we can be competitive. Give the bowlers something to bowl at, and show mettle in that aspect. But definitely 10 points would be the ultimate,’ Simmons added.

West Indies’ inexperienced side has not fared well so far in Bangladesh, as they already lost the ODI series 2-0.

But Simmons feels the series is a chance for the fresh faces to stake their claim for a spot in the Caribbean side in future assignments.

‘It means more to the team than to me. It is the chance for the guys to show what they can do at this level. It is a chance for them to put their name in the hat for 2023 [World Cup], and Sri Lanka later down the year. It is good to see what people are made of,’ told the former all-rounder.

Simmons believes that with few new additions his side will be more competitive in the Test series.

‘Playing in these conditions and the environment we are in, you have to get strong than just playing a cricket match. We will see who the strong ones are, and we will see who leads from the front.

‘There are few new guys there, so we will have a few new caps also. So, let’s see who takes up the challenge and who comes out best in the two Tests.’

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