Holder hoping Simmons will be back soon


West Indies captain Jason Holder is hoping that Phil Simmons can resolve his dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and get back to coaching the Caribbean team again.

Simmons was suspended by the WICB after he expressed discontent with the selection of the Windies' ODI squad for the tour to Sri Lanka.

The former Ireland coach has been asked to explain his outburst to the board at an HR hearing but the West Indies team is already in Colombo preparing for the first of two Tests, which starts on 14 October.

Holder said that Simmons has been an inspiration to the team since he took over the coaching duties in April this year and was hoping to have him back in the dressing room.

Speaking to reporters in Colombo on Wednesday, Holder said: "The comments made by Phil were by Phil, and I can't comment on those things. It's down to him and the board.

"We can only control the cricket because that's what we came here to do. Whatever his situation, his fate lies with him and the board. Hopefully he can deal with that and be back to us as soon as possible.

"No doubt [Simmons' suspension] is a bit of setback for us, but at this present stage, all we can do is focus on the cricket.

"I just hope that the situation with him is solved quickly because we would love to have him back. He's been a wonderful inspiration to our team thus far."

The West Indies will play two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s in Sri Lanka.