Windies suspend outspoken Simmons


The West Indies Cricket Board have suspended head coach Phil Simmons ahead of their tour to Sri Lanka, after he criticised the selection of the ODI side last week.

Simmons was unhappy about the omission of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, saying 'outside influences' were having an impact on the selectors, and said he and chief selector Clive Lloyd had been outvoted.

As such, the WICB took exception to the criticism, and while no official statement had been made, Cricinfo reported that an insider had confirmed the situation, though Simmons could not be reached for comment.

Simmons had said: "I think it's disappointing from the fact that I haven't got the best 50-over ODI squad that we can select in the Caribbean.

"The chairman, Mr Lloyd, he came and he gave an exceptional speech saying that he thinks it is time they are back in the squad and he gave exceptional reasons for them being back in the squad.

"Unfortunately, when we went into the selection [meeting] we lost it 3-2. Him and myself – the captain [Holder] doesn't have a vote in this – but the captain also gave his views as to why they need to be back."

If indeed the case, then Eldine Baptiste, a selector, could be in charge of the side for the Sri Lanka series.

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