West Indies head mentor Phil Simmons said on Tuesday that Bangladesh are obvious favourites found in the upcoming bilateral series against the tourists though he expects better performances from his adolescent brigade.
“Bangladesh is obviously favourite because they always take up well at home. We can’t argue with that,” Simmons told reporters through a Zoom mass media conference.
“You might say that people don’t have our full team but at the same time we've a team here that's hungry, wants to do well, and wanting to play, fight and scrap in these conditions.
“It's the start. It's the tournament to be eligible for the World Cup, so it’s a begin. My rule and communication to all the players here are that you are not here to complete. You are below to provide yourself a probability. You have a likelihood now to seal your place in the team.
“If you prosper here, it augers well for you continue. You come right here and prosper in the three ODIs and two Exams, you are putting yourself in a location from where nobody can approach you. Only you have the opportunity,” he added.
West Indies Check skipper Jason Holder, ODI captain Kieron Pollard along with seasoned campaigners just like Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shai Expectation, Shimron Hetmyer, and Nicholas Pooran declined to visit as a result of coronavirus fears.
Simmons added that that they had earlier gone with a huge pool of cricketers found in England and that provided them to start to see the future generation of cricketers that according to him can be fighting for an area in the series.
“Sometimes experience has a component but sometimes enthusiasm and hunger trumps experience. We do have a few experienced players,” said Simmons.
“When we went to England, we carried 25 players. We've seen a few young players like the two that built their debut in New Zealand, come through from that. We have seen some of the other young players that people know upon this tour that we didn’t know before.
“This opens up the pool. A number of the locations will be in the players’ hands. If indeed they do well below, they can put themselves in series to play most of these series approaching.
“We remaining the Caribbean with desire to to get the ODI series. You might say that people don’t have our full team, but at the same time we've a team here that's hungry, wants to prosper, and eager to play, attack and scrap in these circumstances.
West Indies staff will stay in the resort today while they'll begin practicing on Thursday found in planning for the three-match ODI series, beginning on January 20 found in Dhaka.