Sammy slams WICB af­ter Sim­mons sack­ing

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

For­mer West Indies cap­tain Dar­ren Sammy has hit out at the de­ci­sion to sack coach Phil Sim­mons just days be­fore the squad de­part for the UAE for their se­ries against Pak­istan. The 53-year-old was sacked on Tues­day by the West Indies Cricket Board who stated that the de­ci­sion was taken due to “dif­fer­ences in cul­ture and strate­gic ap­proach” be­tween the board and Sim­mons. Sammy, who was stripped of the cap­taincy last month de­spite lead­ing the Windies to their two World Twenty20 tri­umphs, then took to his of­fi­cial Face­book page to vent his frus­tra­tion at the de­ci­sion. “So af­ter the public­ity stunt in Fort Laud­erdale the first so call plan to move West Indies Cricket for­ward is to fire the Coach just 2 days be­fore a tour,” he wrote. “Just proves to me what I al­ready knew. If the blind leads the blind they are bound to fall in a pit.” Sim­mons had been pre­vi­ously sus­pended by the WICB in 2015 when he crit­i­cised its de­ci­sion to not in­clude Kieron Pol­lard and Dwayne Bravo in the ODI squad for a se­ries against Sri Lanka. Now he has been sacked, the West Indies will be led by team man­ager Joel Gar­ner and coaches Hen­der­son Springer and Roddy Est­wick. The Windies first T20 in the UAE takes place on Septem­ber 23.

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