Windies, Bangladesh tours give fringe players a chance to grab T20 World Cup spots, says Aaron Finch

Captain Aaron Finch believes the upcoming tour of the Caribbean and Bangladesh will provide opportunities to new players to find spots for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Australia’s white-ball captain Aaron Finch believes the upcoming tour of the Caribbean and Bangladesh will provide opportunities to new players to find spots for the upcoming T20 World Cup. The tournament is scheduled to begin later this year. As Several short-format stars, including Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis, have opted out of upcoming tours. Steve Smith has also been ruled out, due to an elbow injury.

On Monday, the Australian team will fly out to the Caribbean with an 18-man squad for five T20 Matches and three ODI match series. Australian skipper feels it will be difficult to ignore players performing well in West Indies and Bangladesh because conditions will be more or less similar during the global T20 event.

“Playing cricket for Australia and doing well is the ultimate, in my opinion,” cricket.com.au quoted Aaron Finch as saying. “So for guys to be on this tour, to get the first opportunity to really put their hand up and take a spot is what it’s about.”

“It’s tough to ignore really good international performances. These conditions are going to be really similar to what we face in the T20 World Cup I imagine, especially St Lucia (having been) used quite a lot recently with the South Africa series.”

“And Bangladesh (is) quite similar to India or the UAE, wherever that lands (in terms of World Cup host). So yeah, absolutely, there’s going to be opportunities for guys to put their hand up and take spots,” Finch added.

While a couple of stars have opted out, multiple format cricketers like David Warner and Pat Cummins have been rested. Australia will contest 10 T20Is and three ODIs in July and August.

Captain Aaron Finch feels it would be ideal to have a 15-20 member squad leading up to the T20 World Cup in October-November (regardless of whether COVID-19 complications means it is played in India or the UAE).

“I think the great thing about Australian cricket at the moment is the guys who are performing really well in Big Bash in particular, and domestic cricket, are the ones that are getting the opportunities.”

“So while it would be ideal to have a really set 15-20 man squad from now leading into the World Cup, we’ve got to deal with what we’ve got, and it’s still exciting,” he added.

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