New Delhi, May 5: West Indies skipper Jason Holder has said that he sees the triangular series against the hosts Ireland and Bangladesh as the means to get some match practice ahead of the forthcoming World Cup, which is slated to be held between May 30 and June 14 in England and Wales.
In the series opener, West Indies will take on the hosts on Sunday (May 5). In the tri-nation series, eight of West Indies' 15-member squad will gain some valuable match practice. "Once we hit all three departments in terms of batting, bowling and fielding well, we'll definitely be a good side at the end of it," International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Holder as saying on Sunday.
"We see this as an opportunity to get into some match practice and start our preparations into the World Cup," the 27-year-old added.
The skipper said that in the absence of a number of Windies players, including the likes of seasoned batsman Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell, still playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), new faces have a good opportunity to stake claim for the play eleven. "These guys will see it as an opportunity to showcase what they can do at an international level. I guess many of them haven't played international cricket and have not played ODI cricket, and it's just an opportunity for them to be seen on this circuit. I'm sure they will be keen for an opportunity (to make it to the Playing XI)," the skipper said.
The experienced pacer Shannon Gabriel's inclusion in the team has come as a surprise for many, who last played an ODI in 2017. Holder, however, expects Gabriel to play the role of an enforcer on what are expected to be batting-friendly pitches in England and Wales.
"Shannon is one we see as an impact player. His role is to come in and make inroads into the middle order. There's been an area of concern in the past where we've struggled to get wickets in the middle period. So having a guy like Shannon who has pace and experience, it's good to have him there and push things for us," Holder said.
Talking about conditions in England, he said, "Coming to England, you tend to be gifted with some really good conditions in terms of batting," adding, "There tend to be a lot of high-scoring games and you basically have to outscore the opposition. Most of the times when you do bowl well, you take wickets at the front." (UNI)