BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Ricky Skerritt has defended West Indies’ current collection whitewash in Bangladesh, pointing to the extenuating circumstances posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic which resulted in a weakened squad being despatched to the south Asian nation.
West Indies slumped to an emphatic 3-0 defeat within the One-Day Worldwide collection which ended Monday after producing a collection of sub-par performances.
The Caribbean facet, who additionally face the hosts in two Checks beginning subsequent Wednesday, have been onerous hit by the withdrawal of 10 first alternative gamers over what CWI stated was as a result of “COVID-related issues or private fears” over the well being scenario in Bangladesh.
“How will we remedy the COVID-19 drawback the place we will not get all of our gamers taking part in on the identical time and we’ve to area gamers, in some circumstances who haven’t performed collectively earlier than,” Skerritt stated in an interview on Starcom Radio’s Mason and Visitor right here.
“COVID-19 is a actuality that a few of us do not appear to know. We have now to face the fact that gamers are going through large aggravating selections about their profession and whether or not they’re collaborating in cricket underneath dangerous conditions, despite the fact that Cricket West Indies and different boards are doing every thing and extra to minimise the danger.
“Inform me what would you do completely different to get the very best gamers on the park when most of the gamers are reluctant to journey and select to not play? Are you going to punish them? Are you going to say, ‘should you do not play, you are not going to play once more ever?’ Then you definitely lose them eternally?”
He continued: “I’ve listened to a few of the discussions about COVID and I’m wondering if we consider that COVID solely impacts us individually, and solely us are fearful however gamers and others should not [be].”
Among the many 10 gamers declining choice for the Bangladesh tour have been Take a look at Captain Jason Holder and ODI skipper, Kieron Pollard.
They have been joined by high-profile gamers like Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran and Shai Hope, who shaped the core of each the Take a look at and one-day items.
Beneath its coverage regarding touring amid the continued pandemic, CWI has allowed gamers the choice of declining choice with none penalties hooked up.
Skerritt stated whereas gamers had chosen to not tour for the 2 earlier collection in England and New Zealand, the Bangladesh tour had seen the very best variety of gamers opting out.
“What has occurred with this explicit tour and the 2 excursions earlier than which have been held throughout COVID in troublesome, difficult well being threat conditions, is that you might not get your whole finest gamers on tour on the identical time and this explicit journey to Bangladesh was even worse,” he defined.
“As a result of we had extra gamers than maybe we had anticipated pulling out, and which may should do with numerous issues however the reality is that they did not play.
“So the actual fact is we had a crew that was considerably weakened in a scenario the place even our greatest groups have misplaced in Bangladesh over the past a number of years. Since 2014, we’ve not gained an ODI event [away to] Bangladesh — let’s take a look at the information.”
He continued: “So we’ll play in opposition to Bangladesh in situations the place most West Indies do not like taking part in in as a result of the ball turns, the pitch is a bit of bit flat and never at all times nice for batting.
“So we take not our strongest batting crew and the batting crew fails.”
West Indies have been compelled to area seven debutants within the opening ODI which they misplaced by six wickets, after managing to publish solely 122.
There was yet another debutant within the second ODI by which West Indies suffered a seven-wicket defeat after tallying 148, and one other two debutants for the third match which the Caribbean misplaced by 120 runs following one other meagre complete of 177, in pursuit of 298.
Skerritt stated it was evident from the performances that the facet had not been as much as scratch, particularly with the brand new gamers coming in wanting match apply as a result of ongoing pandemic.
“I believe we bowled very properly, I believe we fielded properly. I am not speaking as a coach or a selector – I am speaking merely as a fan,” he famous.
“And so far as I’m involved, the gamers gave their finest however the very best clearly was not adequate for that degree of cricket, taking into consideration that these have been gamers who quite a lot of them had not performed any cricket just lately and positively weren’t match-ready.”
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