Michael Muirhead, the CEO of the WICB, is not buying the idea that the West Indies’ disastrous performances in Dubai against Pakistan was caused by the sacking of Coach Phil Simmons prior to the start of the series.
The Caribbean side was blanked 3-0 in both T20 and ODI series against the Pakistanis, prompting controversial senior player Dwayne Bravo to say that the coach’s firing has destroyed team morale.
Muirhead is not buying it.
“I honestly don’t think Simmons’ sacking is affecting the team,” he argued.
“Can any single person affect the performance of a team? I heard Andy Roberts say that in their time they didn’t even have a coach.”
He emphasised that the West Indies players are professionals and should have delivered better performances.
“I don’t think the coach has an effect at this level,” he declared.
“I am disappointed more than anything else. Pakistan is a reasonable side but I don’t know what is happening.”
Simmons also led the team to a creditable performance in a tri-series involving Australia and South Africa. The West Indies lost out in the final of that tournament to Australia.
In news about the West Indies A team on tour of Sri Lanka, Rahkeem Cornwall secured career-best figures, but West Indies A slumped to a 7-wicket defeat after suffering another dramatic batting collapse in the first of their series-three four-day unofficial Test matches against Sri Lanka A.
Trailing by 110 runs on first innings, the Caribbean side were bowled out for 175 in their second innings giving Sri Lanka A 76 to win which they got for the loss of three wickets.
SCORES IN SUMMARY – West Indies A 276 & 175
Sri Lanka A 386 & 67/3 (20.3 ov)
RESULT – Sri Lanka A won by 7 wickets