Some People In West Indies Want Kieron Pollard, Phil Simmons Sacked- CWI Chief Ricky Skerritt

Updated - 31 Jan 2022, 02:44 PM

Kieron Pollard, Phil Simmons of West Indies. Photo- Twitter
Kieron Pollard, Phil Simmons of West Indies. Photo- Twitter

Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief Ricky Skerritt has said that there are some loud critics that want West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard and coach Phil Simmons gone and hence they have been under so much pressure of late.

This comes after the rumors of a rift between captain Pollard and some West Indies team players started doing rounds thanks to some voice notes being circulated in the local media, as per Inside Sport reports. As per some reports in Caribbean media, Kieron Pollard is involved in the victimization of all-rounder Odean Smith.

Odean Smith 
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CWI was forced to issue a denial of the said voice notes, which read: “CWI is aware that voice notes were circulated on social media, and in sections of the regional broadcast media, suggesting that there is a rift within the West Indies Senior Men’s team. Contrary to the unsubstantiated statements, containing unfounded and mischievous allegations, CWI is satisfied that there is no discord between the Team Captain and any member of the West Indies team.”

The West Indies team arrives in India on February 2 to play three ODIs and as many Twenty20 Internationals starting on February 6.

Caribbean People Like To Take People Down: Ricky Skerritt On Controversy Surrounding Kieron Pollard And Phil Simmons

Ricky Skerritt, CWI President said that there is no rift between Kieron Pollard and any other team member. In fact, he said that there is a section of media and people in Caribbean cricket that want the all-rounder gone from the post of captain and possibly the team as well, while also wanting the coach to step down.

CWI President Ricky Skerritt
CWI President Ricky Skerritt (Twitter)

Now CWI chief Ricky Skerritt has come out in defense of Kieron Pollard and coach Phil Simmons and told Cricbuzz: “Phil and Pollard have a few, but loud, critics who want them gone for non-cricket reasons. I have no reason to believe there will be any change in coach and captain any time soon. But remember the captaincy is evaluated as is the coach. If the system says these guys are not right people, we will deal with it. At the moment I don’t see anything coming at me that says these guys must go. Caribbean people like to take people down.”

Earlier, Skerritt had called the reports of rift a malicious attack on the credibility of Kieron Pollard as West Indies captain and an attempt to sow division with the team.

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