BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Phil Simmons was yesterday suspended as West Indies head coach for criticising the selection process regarding the one-day team for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.The Trinidadian, only appointed six months ago, made the shocking move of slamming the omission of Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo from the yet-to-be announced ODI squad, claiming there had been “outside interference” in the selection process.In a statement, the West Indies Cricket Board said it had “learnt of the comments from head coach of the West Indies team Phil Simmons in the print and electronic media which appear to question the legitimacy of the selection process of the one-day international squad for the tour of Sri Lanka”.”As a result, the management of the WICB has taken action to suspend the head coach, pending an investigation into the issue,” the release said.”The head coach will not now travel with the team on the tour of Sri Lanka.”Ironically, one group of West Indies players were scheduled to leave here yesterday for the Test tour of Sri Lanka, with the second group set to depart today.Eldine Baptiste, who was expected to be the ‘selector on tour’, will now replace Simmons for the two-Test series which will be followed by the one-day series.In a media conference at the conclusion of the team-preparation camp last Friday, Simmons took the unusual step of accusing “people” of using their “influence” to determine squad selection.”I think it’s disappointing from the fact that I haven’t got the best 50-over ODI squad that we can select in the Caribbean,” Simmons said.”The chairman, Mr (Clive) Lloyd, he came and he gave an exceptional speech, saying that he thinks it is time they (Bravo and Pollard) are back in the squad, and he gave exceptional reasons for them being back in the squad.No success in meeting”Unfortunately, when we went into the selection [meeting], we lost it 3-2. Him and myself – the captain (Jason Holder) doesn’t have a vote in this – but the captain also gave his views as why they need to be back.”He added: “That’s not the disappointing fact. The disappointing fact is that you can lose 3-2 in a vote-off, but there is too much interference from outside in the selection of the ODI squad, and it’s disappointing for me to know that in any aspect of life … [people would use] their position to get people into a squad, or in this case, get people left out of a squad.”It is wrong, and I don’t like it, and that is my beef with the selection of the ODI team.”Simmons was appointed last March following the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and has overseen home series against England and Australia.West Indies drew the three-Test series against England, 1-1, but lost the two-Test series to Australia, 2-0.Simmons, 52, is a former West Indies cricketer, who played 26 Tests and 143 ODIs between 1987 and 1999.
As we head for a summer of sport, Donegal will also have their very own ‘festival of sport.’Active Donegal – ‘Just Try It’ which runs during the month of June will provide loads of opportunities for people to get out and take part in some sort of physical activity or sport.Donegal Sports Partnership who are coordinating the programme had targeted fifty events for year one of the campaign however the response for the sporting community has been that the campaign already has eighty events registered with some still due to be registered. Donegal Sports Partnership Coordinator Myles Sweeney explains “Active Donegal Just Try It was established to provide opportunities for people to get involved in some sort of activity and also to showcase the levels and the wide range of activities taking place across the county.“It is a simple concept of using June as a month to highlight this activity and the response from the Donegal community has been excellent,” he said.The events schedule has been wide ranging with a clear focus on events of a recreational nature using the ‘Just Try It’ theme. The programme will include walking, running, cycle and rowing events, sports days, bowling, general fitness classes and basketball.The response from the clubs and communities for the campaign has been excellent with a wide variety of events due to take place; the challenge now is to get as many people of all abilities taking part as possible. Myles admits that they have been delighted with the response so far in what year is one of the campaigns, he hopes that Donegal Sports Partnership can build on the programme for future years and that it can also be used as an added attraction to showcase Co Donegal as a real Active County.For more details check the Active Donegal Month Facebook page www.facebook.com/ActiveDonegalJustTryIt or www.activedonegal.com calendar of events EIGHTY AND CLIMBING FOR ACTIVE DONEGAL MONTH! was last modified: May 30th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Active Donegal Month