1st T20I: Cloudy conditions greet the West Indies

HYDERABAD: Two years ago, when the city last organized an international match, the series that decided T20I between India and Australia, the tie was abandoned without a ball being thrown.

Although it seems unlikely that this game is repeated even though it was raining here in the last two days, the Windies team led by Kieron Pollard was greeted by cloudy skies when they landed here for the first of the three-game T20I series that It will hold at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Friday.

Under the watchful eye of the former starter and head coach Phil Simmons Windies went all business in their first practice session on Tuesday.

The 56-year-old from Trinidad and Tobago, who had represented the Windies in 26 tests and 143 ODI, and who had successfully trained the team for the 2016 ICC World T20 triumph, was re-elected as head coach of the team just before from the Afghanistan series. , which the Windies won easily.

Given the way the Indian team is outpacing the opposition in all formats, it should be a real challenge for Windies, but visitors believe they have the men and the ability to organize a certain show. He showed himself in his preparation here. Although practice at Uppal Stadium was scheduled from 2 to 5 pm, it went beyond that with Simmons keeping players busy with their tickets.

Simmons has already explained his plans for this series. Speaking after the test match in Afghanistan, which Windies won by nine wickets in Lucknow, he said: The next World Cup is in Australia (2020) and the next one in India (2021). There is a lot of preparation to do, first for Australia. We have given players a chance here in this series and we know we have players outside who can come later. Therefore, it is good to give them another chance.

The Windies are eager to do everything right, and they took the help of four spinners of the left arm and four spinners of legs in the networking session.

Another man interested in fluid behavior is Mohammad Azharuddin . It will be the first game in the city after Azhar became the president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association.

Yes, it will be a new experience for me. All these years I used to come, play or lead the team and return to the hotel after the game, wherever it was played. But organizing the game is a new experience for me, said the HCA president.

Fortunately for me, I have a team of experienced members who are well versed in the requirements to organize an international party. Rest assured that we will not leave stone to make this a good and enjoyable experience for everyone, Azhar added.