‘We can’t beg people to play for West Indies’, says head coach Phil Simmons

Phil Simmons On West Indies Cricketers: West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has expressed his disappointment over the continuous unavailability of his players. At the same time, he has said that he cannot beg players to play for West Indies and if cricketers are willing to represent the country, they should be available themselves. West Indies cricket team is in bad shape as many of their players are playing in different leagues around the world, but they are not available to play for the country.

Andre Russell has not made himself available for selection for a long time, while no information has been given about the availability of Sunil Narine. Apart from them, Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas have not appeared for their fitness test and players like Sheldon Cottrell, Fabian Allen and Roston Chase are out with injuries, a report in ESPNcricinfo said.

Chief selector Desmond Haynes said of Russell’s condition, "I think he is unavailable because he has not made himself available." They said, "I would like all the players for West Indies. I would love to make sure everyone makes themselves available to play. But you must realize that people have options now, and if players are choosing other franchises against West Indies, then, we have to see who is available to us."

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