West Indies cricket coach Phil Simmons has been suspended just two days after he expressed dissatisfaction with the One Day International (ODI) squad for Sri Lanka tour.
The 52-year-old’s three year contract was short lived, only staying on the job for a mere six months after taking charge in March, following his impressive position as Ireland head coach, which earned wins over nations like, England, the West Indies and Zimbabwe.
West Indies Cricket Board’s chief executive Michael Muirhead conveyed the message after Simmons spoke out in a conference against the decision, which excluded Trinidadians Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the ODI side.
“The West Indies Cricket Board has learnt of the comments from head coach of the West Indies team Phil Simmons in the print and electronic media which appear to question the legitimacy of the selection process of the one-day international squad for the tour of Sri Lanka. As a result, the management of the WICB has taken action to suspend the head coach, pending an investigation into the issue,” the board said in a statement.
“The head coach will not now travel with the team on the tour of Sri Lanka.”
Former Windies fast bowler and now national selector, Eldine Baptiste, is expected to take his place as interim coach.
The ODI series against Sri Lanka is scheduled to start on Sunday, November 1 and the two test series will start on October.
Simmons played 56 test matches for the Windies in between 1988-1997. – Emma Kamil
Top photo of Phil Simmons from cricket.com.au’s Twitter page.