CWI and former coach Phil Simmons reach 'amicable' settlement

By March 27, 2019

Cricket West Indies (CWI) and former Windies coach Mr Phil Simmons have announced an amicable resolution to the claim from Simmons’ dismissal as head coach in 2016.

After a court hearing in the Antigua Industrial Court on Tuesday, it was agreed that the settlement amount would remain confidential.

The resolution of the matter is the first action by President Ricky Skerritt and Vice President Dr Kishore Shallow to fulfil their campaign promise from the 10-point “Cricket First” plan, to repair stakeholder relationships, particularly with former players.

At a meeting Wednesday, between the two parties at Sandals Grande, Antigua, Skerritt, speaking on behalf of the CWI was apologetic.

“We would like to apologise to you for referring to your appointment as a “mistake”.  Cricket West Indies did not make a mistake when we selected you as our head coach,” the newly elected president said.

“In my previous role as a CWI Independent Director, I was involved in the interview panel that recruited Phil Simmons from a long list of competitors and he was the best candidate. Subsequently, based on the results he produced on the field, he proved himself to be a very competent coach in his time with West Indies, winning the World T20 in 2016, and now currently with Afghanistan.”

Simmons said he is pleased the matter has been resolved amicably.

“My family and I are relieved that we have been able to finally close this matter, and I am pleased that it has been done so amicably,” he said. 

“Following the election on the weekend I am more confident than I have ever been that the future of West Indies cricket is in good hands.

“I am a very proud West Indian and I hope that in the future I get the opportunity to try and help move our cricket forward again. I would like to offer my congratulations to President Skerritt and Vice-President Shallow.“

 

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