West Indies reinstate head coach Simmons


West Indies have confirmed that Phil Simmons has been reinstated as head coach after he issued a public apology for his outburst on team selection.

Simmons was suspended from the role in September after making criticial remarks about the selection process ahead of West Indies' tour to Sri Lanka.

The 52-year-old slammed "interference from outside" after Dwayne Bravo Kieron Pollard were omitted from the Windies' one-day and Twenty20 international squads for the trip.

His comments were condemned by chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd, who said West Indies could not condone his outburst.

However, Simmons is now set to resume his role with the national team.

"The West Indies Cricket Board reinstated Phil Simmons today [Tuesday] to his duties as head coach of West Indies Men's Team," West Indies posted on Twitter.

Simmons added: "I regret my public outburst during a press conference...and the revelation of the vote that took place at the selection meeting," Simmons said.

"I extend a public apology to all whom I may have offended. I have personally apologised to my fellow selectors and the WICB 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."

West Indies have endured a miserable tour in Sri Lanka having been whitewashed in the Test and one-day international series'.

They also trail 1-0 in the two-match Twenty20 series, and have one last chance to get a win on the board in Wednesday's second T20.

It was also confirmed that West Indies have named an unchanged 15-man squad for their three-Test series in Australia, which starts in Hobart next month.