Critics want Simmons and Pollard sacked for non-cricketing reasons : CWI Chief

Critics want Simmons and Pollard sacked for non-cricketing reasons : CWI Chief

Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt has stated captain Kieron Pollard and coach Phil Simmons have been come under the scanner from some loud critics in the Caribbean who want them sacked. Addressing the issue in a much more straightforward manner, Skerritt, however, ruled out immediate changes.

Things heated up in the background of Caribbean Cricket

“Phil and Pollard have a few, but loud, critics who want them gone for non-cricket reasons,” the CWI president told Cricbuzz ahead of the West Indies team’s visit to India for a six-match white-ball series.

“I have no reason to believe there will be any change in coach and captain any time soon. But remember the captaincy is evaluated as is the coach. If the system says these guys are not right people, we will deal with it. At the moment I don’t see anything coming at me that says these guys must go. Caribbean people like to take people down,” he told a local TV station.

The West Indies team will fly to India on February 2 and are scheduled to play three ODIs and as many Twenty20 Internationals starting on February 6.

Allegations of rift within the West Indies team? CWI addresses

A section of the media has allegedly stated of a rift within the side forcing the CWI to issue a denial in an official statement. CWI acknowledged the voice notes that were circulated widely on social media, but stated there is no rift as such. “CWI is aware that voice notes were circulated on social media, and in sections of the regional broadcast media, suggesting that there is a rift within the West Indies Senior Men’s team. Contrary to the unsubstantiated statements, containing unfounded and mischievous allegations, CWI is satisfied that there is no discord between the Team Captain and any member of the West Indies team,” the release said.

Skerritt himself added, “I view this as a malicious attack on the credibility of the West Indies Captain, designed to sow division within our team that has just recorded three very impressive T20I performances against very strong opponents (England). This clear attempt by well-known mischief makers to discredit the captain should not be tolerated or encouraged (sic).”

The leadership of the West Indies team has come under harsh criticism for some time, particularly since the poor outing in the Twenty20 World Cup in UAE, where the two-time defending champions failed to make the knockouts stage. The team lost an ODI series to Ireland recently 1-2 but impressively won the five-match T20I series against formidable England 3-2. This series win might be the Kickstarter to Caribbean Cricket’s comeback at the international stage.

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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