Chairman of West Indies selectors Clive Lloyd has responded to comments made by suspended coach Phil Simmons.
Simmons, who took up the role in March after the World Cup, was suspended with immediate effect after expressing his dissatisfaction with the ODI squad selected for the tour of Sri Lanka.
The former West Indies player was unhappy experienced all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard were left out and Lloyd has now had his say on the matter.
“It [has been] drawn to my attention several things which were said by head coach of the West Indies team Phil Simmons recently as he addressed members of the media in Barbados, following the conclusion of the team’s camp, ahead of the Tour of Sri Lanka,” Lloyd said in a statement.
“It must be noted that in the short time that Phil has been involved as head coach, he has done a good job in building team unity and morale, and the players have warmed to his coaching methods.
“Phil has apologised to all for his recent public statements and how strongly he would have felt on certain selection matters of the team.
“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.”
Eldine Baptiste – a member of the five-man selection committee that decided against picking Dwayne Bravo and Pollard for the tour – will now take over coaching duties in Sri Lanka.
The first of two Tests between Sri Lanka and West Indies gets underway in Galle on October 14, followed by three ODIs and two T20 internationals.