Darren Sammy blasts WICB for sacking Phil Simmons

Darren Sammy, the former West Indies skipper, has lashed out at the West Indies Cricket Board on Wednesday (September 14) after head coach Phil Simmons was sacked just a few days before the team’s departure to the United Arab Emirates for a full-fledged series, including three Twenty20 internationals, three One-Day Internationals and two Test matches against Pakistan.

Sammy himself got the boot despite leading the side to their second World T20 triumph earlier this year in India and was replaced by Carlos Brathwaite as skipper of the T20 team. The 32-year-old all-rounder took to Facebook and Twitter to vent his frustration right after WICB made the announcement of axing Simmons due to ‘differences in cultural and strategic approach’.

“So after the publicity stunt in Fort Lauderdale the first so call plan to move West Indies Cricket forward is to Fire the Coach just 2days before a tour.. ” Sammy wrote on his Facebook page. “Just prove to me what I already knew. If the blind leads the blind they are bound to fall in a pit.”

Simmons was previously suspended by the WICB last year after he expressed displeasure over the non-inclusion of top players Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo in the ODI squad for the Sri Lanka series. In June, the board also replaced former skipper Clive Lloyd with Courtney Browne as the chairman of selectors, a move that was heavily criticised.

Team manager Joel Garner and coaches Henderson Springer and Roddy Estwick will now take over the side for the UAE tour.


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