West Indies experiencing batting problem

After a shock 2-1 One Day International series defeat at home to Ireland last Sunday, West Indies Head Coach, Phil Simmons has echoed captain, Kieron Pollard’s analysis that West Indies “have a batting problem”, but Simmons insists that he is not worrying about his job as head coach.

West Indies were bowled out for 269, 229 and 212 in less than 50 overs in their three One Day Internationals against Ireland at Sabina Park in Jamaica. Pollard described their scores in the last two games as “totally unacceptable”, adding that “overall, holistically, I think we have a batting problem”.

Speaking from Barbados ahead of West Indies’ 5-match Twenty/20 International series against England, which starts on Saturday, Simmons said that the batsmen were failing to translate their progress in training into results on the pitch, but stressed that scapegoating players already in the squad would only serve to mask the systemic failings to develop them at a domestic level.

All five matches will be played at Kensington Oval, with the 1st Twenty/20 International on Saturday.

CWI have launched ticket sales for the T20I series against England with a strict 50% limit on capacity due to COVID-19 regulations in Barbados.

Only fully-vaccinated fans will be permitted entry, and those in the ‘party stand’ will also require negative antigen tests, while all fans will be encouraged to socially distance and wear masks.

Tickets are half-price for Barbados nationals. Cricket West Indies said that there was “a high chance” all the matches would be sold out.