Simmons suspended for outburst

West Indies head coach Phil Simmons was suspended on Monday for criticizing the decision not to recall two all-rounders to the one-day international squad. 

Simmons is replaced for next month’s tour of Sri Lanka after publicly questioning why Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo have not been recalled. 

Simmons will not be on the Sri Lanka tour, which begins with a Test in Galle on Oct. 14, and will be replaced by Eldine Baptiste, a member of the West Indies Cricket Board’s selection panel. 

A statement from the WICB said: “The management of the WICB has taken action to suspend the head coach, pending an investigation into the issue.” 

Simmons made the comments at the end of a training camp in Barbados on Friday, reportedly saying there was “too much interference from outside” in the selection of the one-day international squad after Bravo and Pollard were excluded again. 

The pair are world-class players who make a lucrative living in Twenty20 leagues worldwide. 

Simmons did not say where the interference was coming from. 

“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,” Simmons said. He took over as coach after the World Cup at the end of March. 

Bravo was sacked as captain last December, replaced by new skipper Jason Holder. Both Bravo and Pollard also were dropped for the one-day international series against South Africa in January and also left out of West Indies’ World Cup squad. 

The ODI series in Sri Lanka will start on Nov. 1, at the end of the two-Test series. 

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Dwayne Bravo is one of the world’s best one-day international players. – PHOTO: AP