No let up against Netherlands – Simmons
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (CMC):
Head coach Phil Simmons has given the assurance West Indies will play at full intensity despite coming up against unfancied Netherlands in the three-match one-day international (ODI) series starting next week.
The Caribbean side are ranked ninth, five spots above their opponents who are ICC associate members, and are heavy favourites to pull off a clean sweep of the series scheduled for the VRA Cricket Ground in Amstelveen.
However, Simmons said West Indies were taking the series seriously and would not be using it as a trial for newer players even though the Netherlands were not necessarily top tier opposition.
"We have to play our strongest team," Simmons stressed.
"One, to win the games but also to get that knit going. There's a new captain and he's got to get the knitting of this team together so that everything flows.
"We have three - which everyone would agree - more difficult games [against Pakistan] after here but right now is where we start building this squad."
The tour will be the first-ever ODI series between the two teams and will run from May 31 to June 4. It forms part of the ICC ODI Super League, the top seven of which gain automatic qualification for the 2023 World Cup.
After the series, West Indies will head to Pakistan where they take on a strong home side in a similar three-match series from June 8-12 in Rawalpindi.