Clive Lloyd condemns Phil Simmons' public outburst
The Convenor of West Indies Selectors Clive Lloyd on Tuesday condemned the public outburst of head coach Phil Simmons on the selection of West Indies One-Day International squad for the Sri Lankan tour.
Simmons expressed his displeasure on the omission of all-rounders, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the ODI set-up, in a media conference held in Barbados on the completion of West Indies training camp
The former West Indies player went on to reveal that inspite of the support of the chairman of selectors Lloyd on the duo's inclusion, the decision was outvoted 3-2 by the remaining selectors.
Reacting to the comments, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) immediately suspended Simmons from the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka pending an investigation.
In a media release issued by the WICB, Lloyd while appreciating Simmons for his work with the West Indies team until now, also condemned the 52-year-old on letting the selection related discussions to the public.
"It [has been] drawn to my attention several things which were said by head coach of the West Indies team Phil Simmons recently as he addressed members of the media in Barbados, following the conclusion of the team's camp, ahead of the Tour of Sri Lanka," Lloyd said in a statement released by the WICB.
"It must be noted that in the short time that Phil has been involved as head coach, he has done a good job in building team unity and morale, and the players have warmed to his coaching methods.
"Phil has apologised to all for his recent public statements and how strongly he would have felt on certain selection matters of the team.
"We agreed - at times - that we will have a difference of opinion, but we cannot condone such outbursts.
"Therefore, we will always seek discussion and dialogue at every stage of the selection process and work towards the best interest of West Indies cricket."
Meanwhile, WICB chief executive, Michael Muirhead described the outburst from Simmons as "unfortunate" while confirming that a decision on the latter will be taken in seven working days.
"What has happened with Phil Simmons is most unfortunate, rest assured he has not been fired," he said.
"Let us say he has been called to answer breaches of confidentiality and bringing the WICB into disrepute.
“He will be given a fair hearing by a panel and a decision will be made within the boundaries of our own HR policy.
"During the process he will continue to enjoy the full benefits of his full remuneration.
“The mater will be dealt with in an expeditious manner and it is our intention to have a decision within the next seven working days."
Eldine Baptiste, who was the West Indian selector on tour, will take up the additional responsibility of the head coach in the Sri Lankan tour.
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