Sammy slams WICB after Simmons sacking
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.