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Phil Simmons reinstated as West Indies head coach

West Indies coach Phil Simmons
Phil Simmons was suspended in September after questioning selection for the Sri Lanka tour
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Phil Simmons has been reinstated as West Indies head coach after he accepted a reprimand from the board and publicly apologised for making inappropriate comments in regard to team selection.

Simmons was stood down in late September as West Indies were preparing for the tour of Sri Lanka that ends tomorrow with the second and final Twenty20 International.

He publicly expressed his displeasure that all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard were not part of his limited overs squad, claiming that they were overlooked due to outside influence.

The West Indies Cricket Board then suspended Simmons for questioning the legitimacy of the selection process and launched an investigation while Eldine Baptiste took charge in Sri Lanka.

In a statement, the board confirmed that Simmons was now free to return to his position as head coach.

"The West Indies Cricket Board reinstated Phil Simmons today to his duties as Head Coach of the West Indies Senior Men’s Team," the statement read.

"Simmons was suspended from his duties as Head Coach after inappropriately commenting on and disclosing the specific voting of individual selectors of the WICB’s Selection Panel when selecting the West Indies Men’s Senior Squad to tour Sri Lanka in October and November 2015."

The board went on to confirm that Simmons had been issued with a letter of reprimand for his "inappropriate public comments" and had made a public apology to the WICB and "persons whom he may have offended".

Furthermore, the board added that they will now launch an investigation the allegations made by Simmons, and "take the necessary and appropriate action" following the investiation.

Simmons took over as West Indies coach following the 2015 World Cup and the Caribbean side are next in action when they play Australia in December.

© Cricket World 2015