Windies head coach reinstated

Phil Simmons.
Associated Press / Arnulfo Franco

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has reinstated Phil Simmons as head coach of the West Indies cricket team after he was suspended last month.

In a statement the WICB said Simmons, a former West Indies all-rounder, has accepted a reprimand from the board and publicly apologized for making inappropriate comments regarding team selection.

His reinstatement follows a recent meeting with the WICB Human Resource Committee after a public outburst in which he questioned the make-up of the One-Day International Squad for the tour of Sri Lanka in October and November 2015 and claimed “outside interference” in the selection process. The former Trinidad and Tobago cricketer was upset that all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, whose services are in high demand in Twenty20 leagues around the world, failed to make the West Indies One-Day International squad.

Simmons took over as West Indies coach following the 2015 World Cup. He is now expected to lead the Caribbean side in their series in Australia next month.

The WICB also announced plans to launch an investigation into the allegations made by Simmons and take the “necessary and appropriate action.”

“Going forward, and as a separate matter, the WICB will immediately investigate the allegations made by Simmons, and take the necessary and appropriate action following this investigation,” the statement said.

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