West Indies is all set to face Sri Lanka in an all-format home series, comprising two Tests, three ODIs, and as many T20Is. The series will begin with three T20s, starting from 3rd March 2020. West Indies head coach Phill Simmons said that the series would help him find the right combinations for the upcoming T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in India in October-November.
“We need to start seeing how the make-up of our team goes,” Simmons said. “We need to make sure people are able to do the job that we want them to do, whether it is at the top of the batting order, the middle, or the end. And it is the same as bowling. We’ve got to identify as soon as possible who’s going to bowl our new ball and who’s going to bowl at the death and so it starts from now.”
After the Sri Lanka T20s, West Indies will play the three-match T20 series against Australia and Pakistan. Simmons believes that the team would be ready with the final 15-16 players who would tour India to play the T20 World Cup.
“When it comes to July or maybe the beginning of August, maybe the Pakistan series, we (want to) know exactly what the combinations are that we need to take to the World Cup because we have a fair idea of how the Indian grounds are what we are taking there. By the time we are playing Australia in some T20s in July, we must know who is our final 15 or 16 to go to the World Cup.”
West Indies have made some notable inclusions for the upcoming T20 series against Sri Lanka. Chris Gayle has been included West Indies’ T20 squad after his brilliant performances in the latter half of the IPL 2020. Also, 41-year old Fidel Edwards has also been included in the squad, thanks to his notable performances in the CPL. He last played a game for West Indies back in 2012.
We see what Chris Gayle did in his last IPL stint. He shows that both with the bat and on the field, he looks fitter and feels better and he is still hitting the ball as we want to see him do it.
“We’ve seen Fidel in the last CPL and we have seen that he can still muster over 90mph with his searing yorkers, both at the top end and at the back end of the innings, so it is great to have the two of them with us.”