Phil Simmons © Getty Images
Phil Simmons offered an unconditional public apology to WICB on Tuesday © Getty Images

St. John’s (Antigua): West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) decided to reinstate Phil Simmons as head coach of their senior team after he apologised for criticising team selection. Simmons, 52, was suspended in September for questioning the continued omissions of all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard. He had alleged outside interference in the selection of the One-Day International (ODI) squad for the tour of Sri Lanka, saying he had not been given the best squad. Before the squad was officially announced by the WICB, he said that even though he and the captain Jason Holder wanted all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard in the team, they were left out. He issued a public apology to the WICB later, BBC reported on Tuesday. READ: Phil Simmons set to return as West Indies coach

“I regret my public outburst during a press conference and the revelation of the vote that took place at the selection meeting. I extend a public apology to all whom I may have offended. I have personally apologised to my fellow selectors and the WICB and now do so again publicly,” Simmons said.

“I am looking forward to putting this behind me and doing the job I enjoy with the West Indies’ senior men’s teams,” he said. Simmons played 26 Tests as an all-rounder for the West Indies between 1988 and 1997, and became head coach of their senior squads in March.

Meanwhile, West Indies announced their squad for the three-Test series in the upcoming tour of Australia, which is scheduled to take place in December-January. Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard were the key players ignored for the Test side once again by the board, while Jason Holder retained his position as the captain of the side. The likes of Kraigg Brathwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Jomel Warrican, etc. who had excelled during the recent tour of Sri Lanka, have also found a mention in the squad. READ: Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo missing from West Indies squad for upcoming Tests vs Australia