Darren Sammy was invl0ved in lashing out at WICB, following West Indies's triumph at the ICC World T20 2016 © Getty Images
Darren Sammy was invl0ved in lashing out at WICB, following West Indies’s triumph at the ICC World T20 2016 © Getty Images

Former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy is visibly upset following the sacking of national coach Phil Simmons, just days before the Pakistan series in United Arab Emirates (UAE), as he went on to his social media handle to express his dissatisfaction towards the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), and their decision to sack Simmons at this point of time. The west Indies are scheduled to play three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), followed by three One-Day Internationals (ODIs), and three Test matches, as the six-week long tour kicks of from September 23 at Dubai, while West Indies are due to leave for UAE this weekend. WI sack Simmons ahead of Pakistan series

Regarding the decision that led to Phil Simmons sacking, the WICB stated that “differences in culture and strategic approach” led to Simmons’ contract being terminated following 18 months into his job, while the differences were “based on the public pronouncements of the coach and the approach internally”. Simmons now joins Sammy, along with few other big West Indian players, who have developed a sour relationship with the WICB.

Sammy was invl0ved in lashing out at WICB, following West Indies’s triumph at the ICC World T20 2016, and was immediately dropped as the West Indies skipper, while he was also dropped form the West Indies T20 side, when they played India in a two-T20I series at USA. Sammy later also termed the as a “publicity stunt”, reports cricket.com.au.

“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.. Just prove to me what I already knew. If the blind leads the blind they are bound to fall in a pit,” wrote Sammy on his Facebook page. He also went on to his Twitter handle where he stated “first act after the publicity stunt meeting in Florida”.

Simmons was also suspended for a brief couple of months in September 2015, after he questioned WICB’s policy strategy, following the omission of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the side for the ODI series against Sri Lanka. However, he apologised for his comments, and was reinstated just in time for the tour of Australia for the Test series.

In April 2016, Simmons asked WICB top review its strategy on players availability for the tri-series against Australia and South Africa. He had also presented WICB with his own vision on how they can take West Indies cricket forward on a good note. “The direction I visualise for West Indies men’s senior team to be successful seems to be contrary to others. I have not heard anything back from them as yet, but hopefully there will be a productive discussion where [we] can arrive at some common goals,” said Simmons to ESPN.

In June 2016, Clive Lloyd went on to be replaced by former Test wicketkeeper Courtney Browne, as the West Indies chairman of selectors, which again prompted Sammy to tweet “Oh Lord”. Meanwhile, Team manager Joel Garner along with coaches Henderson Springer and Roddy Estwick will be in charge of the team during the T20I series against Pakistan in UAE.