Muirhead asks Simmons to answer for ‘breaches of confidentiality’

"He has not been fired"

“He has not been fired”

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West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chief executive Michael Muirhead has called on head coach Phil Simmons to answer for his outburst during a press conference last Saturday.

During the press conference, Simmons revealed that outside influence was responsible for the West Indies not fielding their strongest ODI squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

As a result of his actions, the 52-year-old was suspended on Monday, but Muirhead has confirmed that a decision on Simmons will be taken in the next seven days.

“What has happened with Phil Simmons is most unfortunate, rest assured he has not been fired,” he said. “Let us say he has been called to answer breaches of confidentiality and bringing the WICB into disrepute. He will be given a fair hearing by a panel and a decision will be made within the boundaries of our own HR policy.

“During the process he will continue to enjoy the full benefits of his full remuneration. The mater will be dealt with in an expeditious manner and it is our intention to have a decision within the next seven working days.”

Chief selector Clive Lloyd echoed Muirhead’s sentiments even though Simmons said that he and Lloyd were outvoted 3-2 during a selection meeting while attempting to include all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard in the ODI squad.

“Phil has apologised to all for his recent public statements and how strongly he would have felt on certain selection matters of the team,” Lloyd said. “We agreed – at times – that we will have a difference of opinion, but we cannot condone such outbursts. Therefore, we will always seek discussion and dialogue at every stage of the selection process and work towards the best interest of West Indies cricket.”

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