Simmons watching progress of T20 squad in final series before World Cup

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    (Photo credit: CWI Media Photo/Philip Spooner)

    As West Indies’ T20I squad plays its final series before the World Cup in October/November, Coach Phil Simmons is looking to see how well the team is gelling.

    The T20 players are coming off the back of a 4-1 series win over Australia and will play four T20Is against Pakistan starting tomorrow.

    With these matches being the last to be played before West Indies starts their defence of the World T20 title, Simmons says he’s looking to see what progress has been made since the loss to South Africa earlier this month.

    “We have four games against one of the tougher teams in world cricket, for us, because it doesn’t matter what format, we always have good, competitive cricket against Pakistan. So we’re looking forward to seeing where we’re at, as I said, before the South Africa games, at the end of these games, then we’re going to know where our team is from a gelling point of view and if we gel well, we’re very hard to beat. So that’s what I’m looking at for this final series before the World Cup.”

    Meanwhile, Pakistan Coach, Misbah-ul-Haq, says his team is wary of the ability of the West Indies squad.

    “West Indies is a very good team, keeping in mind the shortest formats, because they are the world champions and obviously the way they played against Australia and won the series. They are a force in T20 cricket. A lot of players so experienced playing leagues throughout the world, so everybody knows that – that they have ability and power. We are aware of that and we know that we have to play top quality cricket if we want to just win against them.”

    FULL SCHEDULE:
    Wednesday, July 28: 1st T20 – 10am at Kensington Oval, Barbados
    Saturday, July 31: 2nd T20 Cup – 11am at Guyana National Stadium
    Sunday, August 1: 3rd T20 – 11am at Guyana National Stadium
    Tuesday, August 3: 4th T20 – 11am at Guyana National Stadium


    SERIES CUT BY ONE MATCH

    The Pakistan series was supposed to be a five-match affair however this changed after the postponement of the second West Indies/Australia ODI on July 22nd due to a COVID case in a non-playing staff member.

    According to ESPNcricinfo, this led to a domino effect on the Pakistan games with the first T20I being scrapped as the series starts a day later than originally scheduled.

    The decision, a joint agreement between Cricket West Indies and the Pakistan Cricket Board, meant the rest of the tour schedule would remain unchanged.

    Pakistan are also scheduled to play two Tests against West Indies from August 12th and 20th in Jamaica.