Former West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose has questioned West Indies Cricket Board's (WICB) decision to dismiss Phil Simmons as head coach on the eve of the team's series against Pakistan. Ambrose, who was fired as bowling consultant under the advice of Simmons in May this year, has criticised the timing as poor, reports CMC.
Simmons, a former West Indies all-rounder, was fired hours before the players boarded a flight for the United Arab Emirates to play Pakistan in three T20s, three ODIs and three Tests.
"The timing is wrong, to be quite blunt," declared Ambrose on Saturday. Simmons' sacking has triggered angry responses from an increasing number of cricketers including Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy.
"If you weren't happy with the things he said, why pull a coach off a tour two or three days before?" said Ambrose. The WICB has said its decision to sack Simmons was based on public pronouncements of the coach as well as differences in culture and strategic approach.