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CaribbeanCricket.com 2017-03-07 07:44:04 

Discarded West Indies coach Phil Simmons believes Afghanistan’s One-Day series against West Indies in the Caribbean later this year, will serve as a great opportunity for the fledgling side to begin to make strides in international cricket.

An associate member of the International Cricket Council, Afghanistan will be playing their first-ever bilateral ODI series against a major international full member when they take on West Indies in May/June.

Simmons, hired recently by the Afghanistan Cricket Board to prepare the squad, said at this stage the aim was to be competitive and make inroads.

“I like to be realistic. I don’t think the BCCI (Indian Cricket Board) or the Cricket Australia would be really interested in hosting them for a series at this moment,” said Simmons, who was sacked by the West Indies Cricket Board last September.

“The important thing would be to remain competitive at this level, and when that happens you are bound to get your chance against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. I think the upcoming series in the Caribbean in May is a step in that direction.”

In Simmons’ first series in charge last month, the Afghans beat Zimbabwe 3-2 in a five-match series in Harare, a tour the Trinidadian believes his side should have won more convincingly.


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DIEHARD 2017-03-07 07:50:46 

In reply to CaribbeanCricket.com

The Barbados West Indies team might lose a match or two

 
silver 2017-03-07 08:18:53 

In reply to DIEHARD


Be nice

 
DIEHARD 2017-03-07 08:31:47 

In reply to silver

Have to make fun of whats going on..i cant take WI cricket serioulsy anymore lol

 
birdseye 2017-03-07 08:46:11 

In reply to DIEHARD

Have to make fun of whats going on..i cant take WI cricket serioulsy anymore

I have long concluded that West Indies cricket is not about the “cricket” anymore, but about the people who can live well running the show.

 
Tryangle 2017-03-07 09:28:51 

Congrats to Afghanistan for securing the opportunity and well done to West Indies for being accommodating.

If Windies have their sights on gaining rankings points with future series against England and Pakistan, these matches should serve as a good gauge of the team's ability to put up quality performances, at least.

As for Afghanistan, the more the merrier at the 'top level' of the sport. Hope they give a good account of themselves.

 
Slipfeeler 2017-03-07 14:25:48 

In reply to DIEHARD

No doubt they will struggle against Afgans!
big grin big grin

 
TanteMerle 2017-03-07 17:48:30 

In reply to Slipfeeler

Not if the selctors humble and make changes.


Wait. I forgot who we dealing with.

Afghannis will cut our rass.

No embarrassment there or......
Maybe then the selectors will wake de fack up.

 
johndom90 2017-03-07 19:44:54 

In reply to TanteMerle

jWhatever remorse Simmons may have had when Ireland had cut WI arse is

out the door now...all bets are off

 
sandisha 2017-03-08 08:24:32 

It would be nice to see Afghanistan and the Barbados /West Indies compete for the last world cup spot. The Windies / Bados team is certainly one of the worse international sports team in the world, and I sure will not put my money on them no matter who the opponent is.

 
Larr Pullo 2017-03-08 15:00:42 

Targeting WI eh? They should check them for hidden explosives! twisted twisted

 
rhatid 2017-03-12 18:20:04 

In reply to CaribbeanCricket.com
I have no doubt Afghanistan will beat the West Indies. Our so-called cricketers may have the experience, but it takes more than experience to win. It takes skills with brains, neither of which our so-called cricketers have an abundance of. So, by the end of this encounter, Afghanistan will take their place above the West Indies in the standing. Wow!

 
doosra 2017-03-12 18:25:28 

In reply to Larr Pullo

yea

Nabi
Khan
Shahzad
zadran

those guys are all explosive cricketers

wi will do well to beat them

 
doosra 2017-03-12 18:31:36 

but wait

is Ireland simmo juss drop a 3 zip on?

 
Kay 2017-03-12 19:10:57 

The important thing would be to remain competitive at this level, and when that happens you are bound to get your chance against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Wow!!! Talking about level. We surely reach....

 
Tryangle 2017-03-13 10:31:19 

In reply to doosra

Afghanistan are a superior T20 side to Ireland at the moment, not even close. Ireland are the better 4-day side, for the time being.

 
doosra 2017-03-13 10:44:39 

In reply to Tryangle

how are you judging Afghanistan wrt 4day cricket?