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West Indies coach unhappy with short preparation time

West Indies coach Phil Simmons has said he is unhappy with his team’s short preparation time ahead of the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh.

The Caribbean team arrived in Bangladesh on January 10 but they had to remain in a mandatory three-day room isolation before being allowed to come out in in fresh air and start their practice sessions.

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“It is never enough for me (preparation time),” said Simmons on Sunday (January 17). “I think that I would have liked the sort of time we had in New Zealand but this is what we have, and we try to fit in as much as we can in that period. It is mighty important because you have to catch up in the series. We don’t want to get into the [World Cup] playoffs anymore. We need to start well.”

However, the West Indies coach is impressed with the squad members he has got to take on the Tigers.

“They have all impressed me. They have all had that hunger in their eyes. They have all tried to do everything that we say. They work hard in their game. They have all impressed me,” he said.

The visitors have an intra-squad game scheduled for Monday (January 18) at BKSP Ground 3 to acclimatise to conditions. The final call regarding the playing XI for the first ODI would be taken after this match.

Meanwhile Simmons believes the Bangladeshi spinners will still pose a big threat, even though Bangladesh’s 18-member squad has place for several seam bowlers, including Mustafizur Rahman, Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain as well as the uncapped Hasan Mahmud and Shoriful Islam.

“They still have their four main spinners. Whether they use two or three fast bowlers, is something they might try to change to. It could mean that we get much better pitches to play on, from a point of view of better batting wickets. You never know. It could be a good thing, but the four spinners will still be there.”

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