Simmons opens Test door for IPL stars


West Indies coach Phil Simmons has said he wants to meet with Dwayne Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard and discuss if they have a future in Test cricket.

All four players were part of the IPL and were unavailable for the three Test matches against England last month, but the issue of playing in the longest format of the game for the West Indies goes much deeper.

Lendl Simmons, who is the nephew of the coach, and Bravo announced their retirement from the longest format of the game to concentrate on playing limited-overs cricket.

Pollard said he be taking an 'indefinite break' from first-class cricket earlier this year, while Andre Russell made a statement saying he could not play five-day cricket because of a dodgy knee.

It was interesting to note that just before Bravo went off to play in the IPL he said he wants to play Test cricket again, and now the Windes coach is certainly opening that door again.

Phil Simmons told Trinidad's Newsday: "Obviously everybody wants to see those guys playing Test cricket for the West Indies because they are certainly good enough to play that format.

"I'm not aware of Bravo's statement, but I haven't spoken to any of them since I became coach. I hope to sit down with them and discuss my, and the selectors, vision for how we want West Indies to play Test cricket going forward and how they possibly fit into that.

"I can't rule anybody in or out of consideration until I do so."