I’m sorry!

Simmons apologises for “schoolboy” behaviour

A moment of madness!

That’s how suspended West Indies coach Phil Simmons has described his conduct last Friday before the media, when he suggested his fellow cricket selectors had bowed to “interference from outside” in the omission of Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo from the West Indies One-Day International team to Sri Lanka.

Phil Simmons has apologised for his conduct.
Phil Simmons has apologised for his conduct.

At a media conference before the team had been officially announced, Simmons indicated there had been a 3-2 split on whether the two should be selected. He said then he and chief selector Clive Lloyd wanted Bravo and Pollard on the team but that selectors and former West Indies players Courtney Walsh, Eldine Baptiste and Courtney Browne had not voted for them.

His outburst led to his suspension amid charges that he had not only breached confidentiality but had brought the game into disrepute.

Simmons today officially apologised to Lloyd, Brown, Walsh, Baptiste and to the West Indies Cricket Board and described his actions as “a schoolboy error in a moment of madness”.

The 52-year-old Trinidadian expressed his “sincere apologies” for the comments that sent shockwaves through the West Indies cricket fraternity and divided debate on the prudence of his behaviour.

“In no way did I intend to even mention the issues of selection. It was not in any way intentional and so, therefore, I needed to express my deepest regret to you and my fellow selectors,” Simmons wrote in his apology.

Simmons added that his conduct last Friday was “not within my character.”

He added: “I need to apologise as I am genuinely sorry.”

However, despite the apology Simmons is set to face a WICB panel to answer for the outburst, with WICB chief executive Michael Muirhead saying on Tuesday that a decision would be reached within the next seven days.

Muirhead said Simmons would be given “a fair hearing” with the investigation conducted “within the boundaries of our own internal human resources policy”.

“The matter will be dealt with in an expeditious manner and it is our intention to have a decision within the next seven working days,” Muirhead said.

In the media conference last Friday in Barbados, at the end of a week-long training camp for the Test squad, Simmons in expressing his frustration with Bravo and Pollard’s omission, stated: “it was “disappointing for me to know that in any aspect of life … [people would use] their position to get people into a squad or in this case, get people left out of a squad”.

Lloyd, responding to Simmons’ remarks earlier in the week, said cricket officials would agree at times, or have different opinions, but outbursts such as Simmons’ could not be condoned.

Though Simmons’ comments received support in some circles, he came under heavy criticism in others by those who noted that his remarks served to undermine the confidence of the players actually chosen and were suggestive that some of them did not merit being chosen to tour Sri Lanka.

The West Indies ODI squad arrived in Colombo today with Baptiste acting as interim coach pending the outcome of Simmons’ disciplinary hearing.

8 Responses to I’m sorry!

  1. Alex Alleyne October 2, 2015 at 7:49 am

    This is what the WICB want and like , to have everyone under their thumb. Now its Phil in hot water running to them with his tail between his legs for speaking the “truth” .

  2. Steve October 2, 2015 at 9:05 am

    It does seem as though Clive LLoyd like Simmons also disagreed with the team that was choosen to tour S

  3. Steve October 2, 2015 at 9:15 am

    LLoyd now seem to be backing down on his disaproval of the team that was chosen to go to Sri Lanka and realizing that because Simmons expressed his feelings toward the leaving out of Bravo and Pollard in public he can now say that this type of behaviour cannot be condoned. I do believe LLoyd is a hypocrit ,because he too felt the same as Simmons but didn’t have the guts to speak up publicly about it.

    • Winston Ifill October 3, 2015 at 1:21 am

      That would have been a breach of confidentiality. So stated in the article, Lloyd did the right thing and kept his mouth shut, something that Simmons should have done. Any decision made by the selectors, should not reach the public domain.

      This is the reason why Simmons has to apologize and has been suspended. I find Simmons very unprofessional in leaking what’s discuss at a selectors meeting to the public.

      By the way, both Pollard and Bravo deserve to be omitted from the squad. They don’t have to worry, let them run back to the IPL, I am sure they will be welcome with open arms.

  4. lswiltshire October 2, 2015 at 9:33 am

    It is amazing the comments I see on these message boards
    Seems that folk cannot read or comprehend or have balance
    But then we live in a world of dummies

  5. dave October 2, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Phil Simmons ! I thought you had more balls.
    I support you for bringing the spectre of interference into view
    Somebody has advised you to apologise
    I am tired of WICB

  6. Alex Alleyne October 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    In the Caribbean it seems that the Political leaders, plus the Clergy along with the WICB ,all cut from the same cloth. No wonder the region is in such a mess with no end in sight .

  7. E. Jerome Davis October 2, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Simmons did the honourable thing – apologize. He was wrong. I cannot understand how Barbadians would want to make this an issue about the Board. Gosh, you guys are really anti-Board.


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