W.I. selector confident team will be competitive
BOTH West Indies captains along with a number of senior players have opted out of the upcoming tour of Bangladesh but lead selector Roger Harper still expects a competitive showing from the team.
New captains are Kraigg Brathwaite (Test) and Jason Mohammed (ODI).
In what is expected to be a challenging tour of the subcontinent, Harper said that he thinks “We have a squad of guys who are very keen to display their skills and that they belong at this level and expect them to be very competitive and play with passion and purpose.”
“I think this is a tremendous opportunity for them and us as it gives us the opportunity to see where these guys are.
“Maybe they will surprise us all but I expect the team to be very competitive nonetheless.”
The West Indies team have been leading the way in this challenging environment going into quarantine and bubbles in order to play the game of cricket.
Bangladesh has have over half million cases of the Corona Virus with over 450 000 recovered.
With more the physical aspect of the players being looked at Jimmy Adams director of cricket at the CWI said that a sports psychologist will also travel with the team in an effort to address and help with the mental side.
Though he did not say what areas specifically, Harper said that Keiran Powell despite being the leading run scorer in the domestic competition has not met all the criteria for selection and he has to make sure he meets them if he is to be selected.
Adams and Harper both expressed sentiments of excitement as they look ahead to the tour with the talent younger group of players who will be surrounded by a strong management team.
The Test team will carry three spinners as the subcontinent usually takes to spin and they are Jomel Warrican, Veerasammy Permaul and Rahkeem Cornwall.
Chemar Holder who had a very good test debut and performed well and looked the part has been left off the Test team but is in the ODI squad.
“The composition has changed with expected conditions so someone in the bowling department had to miss out and it was Chemar but we expect him to be fully in the reckoning for the home series.”(CG)