Simmons doubt

. . . call to dump Gayle, Narine

Prominent Caribbean cricket commentator Fazeer Mohammad does not believe newly appointed West Indies head coach Phil Simmons is up to the task and that the longer version of the game has become impotent and irrelevant to regional players.

Speaking on the Mason and Guest radio talk show last night, Mohammad said Simmons’ ability to make a difference would depend on the system being different.

Fazeer Mohammad
Fazeer Mohammad

“You are getting all sorts of platitudes from the Trinis especially Darren Bravo who voiced his support for Phil Simmons. Dwayne Bravo over the weekend voiced his support and suggested that he might have to re-think his retirement from Test cricket with Simmons as coach. All of that really doesn’t make a lot of sense. It just sounds like people believe that because he is a fellow Trinidadian he is going to look favourably on them. Then they have missed the point on what having a coach is about in the first place,” Mohammad said.

“Simmons is going to be frustrated. He is probably going to end up like Ottis Gibson. I just feel sorry for anybody who takes up the role as coach of the West Indies in the present circumstances,” Mohammad added.

Mohammad raised the point that West Indies cricket had become powerless because its management had dropped the ball and failed to show players how important it should be to play for the West Indies. He cited the fact that opener Chris Gayle would not be playing in the upcoming Test series against England in a few weeks time but would be playing in the Indian Premier League.

He explained that Gayle who recently signed a contract with Somerset and spinner Sunil Narine knew how “their bread is buttered”.

“He [Gayle] knows that he is a huge draw in T20 cricket and it is a bit of a chore to play Test cricket with a struggling team against an Australian side that are probably going to win both test matches once rain doesn’t get in the way. So why go through the hassle of five days of Test cricket when you can make many more times that amount of money and be considered a superstar playing IPL.

“I think it just reflects very badly on how our senior players regard playing for the West Indies and that has something to do with the way the entire system and the entire process is managed,” said Mohammad, who added that left up to him neither Gayle nor Narine would be on the West Indies squad.

“I just think we need to pick players who are committed to playing for the West Indies. Whether it is a Chris Gayle or Sunil Narine or Dwayne Bravo or anyone else who the selectors have determined is not all that interested in playing for the West Indies, I am not saying automatically it is, but if the evidence suggests that they are more preoccupied with T20 tournaments and franchise cricket, you say ‘thank you very much, enjoy your careers’ and let’s build our West Indies team all over again,” he said.

The Trinidadian-born Mohammad also shared the view that players such as Lendl Simmons came into the West Indies side and started to make runs and build confidence and then had to make way for Gayle or someone else.

“What are the benefits of having our so-called established players back in the team when we are losing anyway. You either have to develop a consistent policy of moving forward or you are going to keep taking two steps forward and five steps back like we have been doing for the past 20 years,” he said.

 Both Narine and Gayle, in particular, have consistently declined to sign WICB retainer contracts committing them to representing the regional side.

12 Responses to Simmons doubt

  1. Jason Bowen
    Jason Bowen April 2, 2015 at 6:31 am

    I totally agree with mr Mohammad

  2. Paul Gill
    Paul Gill April 2, 2015 at 6:58 am


  3. Alex Alleyne April 2, 2015 at 7:23 am

    On the money FAZ. Gibson try to make a “clean-sweep” but was shot-down by everyone under the sun . If he was given a “free-hand” , the WI would have had a pretty good young squad by now . Phil don’t stand a chance with this squad as is . LLoyd and Phil always had a good relationship but its the WICB thats in charge now, not Clive .

  4. Shurf De
    Shurf De April 2, 2015 at 8:01 am

    I agree totally. If policies don’t change attitudes will be time.

  5. Andy Lashley
    Andy Lashley April 2, 2015 at 8:23 am

    I think Mr Mohammad has it spot on!!!!!!!!!

  6. zeus April 2, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Firstly apart from this media house who made this man prominent?

  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner April 2, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Have to agree with Fazeer Mohammad he is spot on to de truth but he might lose his commentator gig for telling truth.

  8. Alex Alleyne April 2, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    true Rawle , cos WICB pull the plug on Cozier for telling the truth.

  9. Walter Prescod April 2, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    His comments are as bad as his commentry on radio, and the other media, by the way the up coming test is against ENGLAND not Australia. Before Mr. Simmons has done anything this idiot is complaining. Should he not invest in a new crystal ball? They should pull the plug on him, why is he so full of hate? he should look for another job. May be as coach of the W.I.

    • harry turnover April 2, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      @ Walter Prescod….you know wha going on in WI cricket ??? the man is telling the truth and it hurting you ,obviously a cricket numb skull,to the bone.
      How can stating facts and the truth amount to hate.Where did Faz. state that the ‘ upcoming test is against Australia ” ??? why are YOU so full of HATE for Faz that you cannot UNDERSTAND that he said, ” the upcoming test series against ENGLAND.”???
      Maybe you should go back to School and let someone explain to you how to use and UNDERSTAND the ENGLISH LANGUAGE

  10. Walter Prescod April 3, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Dear Harry Turnover,
    I prefer to keep my standard obove the road, never will i go into the gutter to discust, with disgust, with people who has no respect for the meaning of other people. If you take the time to read what you wrote [maybe] you would understand my possition. ”you are not man enough for me to hate you or your friend Faz”. I take onboard people who tell the truth but your truthisn’t my truth and you will have to live with this, I hope you understand! So give Mr. Simmons a chance.

    • Harry Turnover April 4, 2015 at 7:27 am

      Hey ! the truth HURTING again it seems. If YOU did take the time to UNDERSTAND what and how Faz. wrote the article,you would have realized that he said the UPCOMING series was against ENGLAND ,but YOU preferred to go into the GUTTER to prove Faz. didn’t know what he was writing.

      You are NOT man enough to ADMIT that YOU were wrong in that aspect but preferred to reply with a lot of DIATRIBE. You need to grow up toddler.Try drinking some breast milk for a change,and maybe,just maybe you would understand what really is going on in WI cricket

      You need to burp before lying down after drinking the breast milk though.


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