Simmons was sacked for exposing conflict in team selection
PORT OF SPAIN (CMC):
Top cricket commentator Fazeer Mohammed says the sacking of head coach Phil Simmons represents another chapter in the ongoing soap opera of conflict in West Indies cricket.
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced the termination of Simmons' contract Tuesday afternoon hours before the players were due to board a flight bound for the United Arab Emirates for a series against Pakistan in all three formats of the game.
In an exclusive interview with the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) late Tuesday Mohammed said Simmons was fired for exposing conflict within the WICB.
"That merely concretises what we have known already, that Simmons was suspended plus he made public details of conflict between himself as coach and one of the selectors and those outside influences which we could only assume could be somewhere within the hierarchy of West Indies cricket," said Mohammed, who does commentary on regional and international matches.
"Whether we are talking about board of directors or the man at the helm himself or whether we are talking about the director of cricket. All of these names would come into the mix but it is an open secret that he has been at odds with them".
Simmons, a former West Indies all-rounder, has had a tumultuous tenure with the Dave Cameron led WICB since his appointment 18 months ago.
He was suspended six months into his contract for controversial comments about team selection and reinstalled after agreeing to issue a public apology and receive a letter of reprimand.
The former coach of Ireland questioned the omissions of all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the one-day squad last year, forcing the WICB to issue a release which said Simmons' comments appeared to "question the legitimacy of the selection process".