Simmons issues apology for ‘schoolboy error’


West Indies coach Phil Simmons has apologised to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and to his fellow selectors for his outburst about the selections for the upcoming tour to Sri Lanka.

Simmons has been suspended by the WICB, with clarity on his future to be given in the next six days, after he said there was 'interference from outside' when the squad was picked.

The former Ireland mentor has now written to the Board saying he made a 'schoolboy error in a moment of madness'.

Simmons said: "In no way did I intend to even mention the issues of selection. It was not in any way intentional and so therefore I needed to express my deepest regret to you and my fellow selectors.

"I can only describe it as a schoolboy error in a moment of madness. This was not within my character. I need to apologise as I am genuinely sorry."

Even though Simmons has issued an apology, it might not be enough to see him reinstated for the tour to the subcontinent with Eldine Baptiste put in temporary charge of the Windies side.

West Indies will play two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s on their tour to Sri Lanka with the first Test starting on 14 October in Galle.