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Simmons’ job safe despite attending funeral

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Last Updated: 02/07/20 7:04am

Phil Simmons attended his father-in-law's funeral on Wednesday

Phil Simmons attended his father-in-law's funeral on Wednesday

Phil Simmons attended his father-in-law’s funeral on Wednesday

Phil Simmons’ job as head coach is safe, despite his decision to leave the team’s training camp and attend his father-in-law’s funeral, says Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Ricky Skerritt.

Simmons left Manchester’s Emirates Old Trafford – where the West Indies are living and training in a ‘bio-secure bubble’ ahead of their Test series against England – to go to the funeral on Friday.

Simmons is now self-isolating in his hotel room at Old Trafford, but will rejoin training if he tests negative for coronavirus. He has already done so twice since the West Indies’ training camp began.

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Simmons’ decision was heavily criticised by Barbados Cricket Association president Conde Riley, who wrote a letter demanding the “immediate removal” of Simmons from his role as head coach for his “inconsiderate and reckless” actions.

But CWI said on Sunday that Simmons had been given permission to attend the funeral, and Skerritt added: “I want to assure West Indies cricket fans that Phil Simmons still has the full backing of CWI, no matter what has been said.

“When all is said and done, Phil’s job is not in any way threatened by that letter. He went through a very vigorous recruitment process nine months ago and was the best man we could have found for the job. He’s still the best man.”

West Indies begin their three-Test series against England on Wednesday at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl, live on Sky Sports.

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