CWI President: Phil Simmons’ job not threatened by call for his sacking

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    Phil Simmons’ job as West Indies head coach is not under threat despite a recent call for him to be fired.

    The demand from Cricket West Indies board member and President of the Barbados Cricket Association, Condé Riley, came after Simmons left England, with permission, to attend his father-in-law’s funeral.

    The Trinbagonian was made to go into quarantine in the team hotel upon his return to England and he rejoined his players on field today after COVID-19 tests were done.

    CWI President, Ricky Skerritt, says, “I want to assure West Indies cricket fans that Phil Simmons still has the full backing of Cricket West Indies no matter what has been said. When all is said and done, Phil’s job is not in any way threatened…he went through a very vigorous recruitment process nine months ago and was the best man we could have found for the job. He’s still the best man.”

    Simmons also spoke out and says, “This has not been an easy time for my family. My wife was very close to her father and his passing has hurt us. There was no question of me not going to the funeral. My wife, my daughters and my son needed that support. I had to do what is right for my family, just as I will do what is right for CWI for the series.”