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Coach Phil Simmons reinstated by West Indies Cricket Board

Coach Phil Simmons reinstated by West Indies after outburst over squad for Sri Lanka tour

Coach Phil Simmons reinstated by West Indies Cricket Board

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) -- Phil Simmons was reinstated as West Indies coach on Tuesday, six weeks after he was suspended for an outburst over the squad selected for the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka.

Simmons fulfilled conditions for his return, the West Indies Cricket Board said in a statement.

He made a public apology to the board and national selectors, and received a letter of reprimand "for his inappropriate comments," the board said.

Simmons questioned the omission of allrounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the one-day international squad, saying he and chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd were outvoted 3-2 on the final picks.

The board added it will investigate the allegations by Simmons, and take appropriate action if required.

"I regret my public outburst ... and the revelation of the voting that took place at the team selection meeting," Simmons said.

"I extend a public apology to all whom I may have offended, I have personally apologized to my fellow selectors, and the West Indies Cricket Board, and now do so again publicly. I am looking forward to putting this behind me and doing the job I enjoy with the West Indies senior men's teams, to continue heading towards the goal that we have in sight, and towards which we have started working."

The other selectors were Courtney Walsh, Courtney Browne, and Eldine Baptiste, who led the team to Sri Lanka. The West Indies has lost both tests, all three ODIs, and will try to avoid a whitewash in the Twenty20 series in the second match, and tour finale, on Wednesday at Colombo.