Sim­mons to meet with lawyers – re­ports

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

LON­DON (CMC): AXED WEST Indies head coach Phil Sim­mons could be con­tem­plat­ing le­gal ac­tion against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over his abrupt fir­ing last week.

Re­ports in in­ter­na­tional me­dia said the 53-yearold Trinida­dian was ex­pected to meet with his le­gal team in com­ing days to dis­cuss the mat­ter and would then de­cide on a course of ac­tion.

“Phil is cur­rently in the UK and is sup­posed to meet his lawyers within the next 72 hours,” a con­fi­dante of Sim­mons, who re­quested anonymity, was quoted as say­ing.

“His next course of ac­tion would be in­flu­enced by the ad­vice they give.”

Sim­mons’ sack­ing was an­nounced by the WICB last Tues­day as the West Indies team pre­pared to leave Bar­ba­dos for Dubai to be­gin their Twenty20 and one-day se­ries against Pak­istan.

The move fol­lowed weeks of spec­u­la­tion about Sim­mons’ fu­ture, and WICB Pres­i­dent Dave Cameron had sidestepped the con­tro­ver­sial is­sue fol­low­ing the board of di­rec­tors’ meet­ing in Do­minica last week.

In a cryp­tic re­lease three days later, how­ever, the WICB said it had taken the de­ci­sion to re­lieve Sim­mons of his du­ties at the Do­minica meet­ing.

“In re­cent times, based on the pub­lic pro­nounce­ments of the coach and the ap­proach in­ter­nally, we have iden­ti­fied dif­fer­ences in cul­ture and strate­gic ap­proach,” the WICB re­lease said.

Sim­mons took up the po­si­tion in March last year af­ter tak­ing Ire­land to the Cricket World Cup in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

He was sus­pended seven months later over con­tro­ver­sial com­ments re­gard­ing team se­lec­tion for the tour of Sri Lanka, but was re­in­stated fol­low­ing the se­ries, af­ter is­su­ing a pub­lic apol­ogy.

Sim­mons over­saw West Indies’ cap­ture of their sec­ond Twenty20 World Cup ti­tle in In­dia last April and then helped guide them into the fi­nal of the Tri-Na­tions Se­ries in the Caribbean last June.


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