Former Barbados first-class cricketer and coach Franklyn Stephenson has questioned the timing and rationale behind the sacking of West Indies coach Phil Simmons. He queried whether any thought had been given to its effect on the young players previously under his charge.
Stephenson told Barbados TODAY that it was unfair on the West Indies team to be going on an important tour of the United Arab Emirates where they will take on Pakistan in Tests, One Day and Twenty20 Internationals and to be without the service of a head coach.
“I find it very abrupt and especially with the team going on tour. What effect is it going to have on them on such an important tour when Pakistan are looking to get themselves back into the top eight of one-day cricket? But then again anything the board does is baffling,” Stephenson said.
He added: “There is no clear mandate as to what they want to do. You can have a clear plan of what you are looking to achieve and I think with such a young team the plan has got to be development of their skills on a regular basis by putting someone in charge and then see what you want to get out of it.
“You can’t be just hiring and firing and with these jobs there are no clear guidelines as to who is going to be a good coach or who is going to gel with the team. What if they bring somebody in that the leading players in the team just can’t get on with? I think it is very unfair on the team. The youngsters need to be working towards something and they need a base on which to work with. Things are just happening way too fast around them. As soon as they get used to something, out it goes and they have to start fresh again and nobody takes their side into the equation.”
With the sacking of Simmons, the WICB said yesterday the team would be led by the Barbadian trio of Joel Garner as manager and coaches Roddy Estwick, who earlier replaced bowling consultant Curtly Ambrose, and newcomer Henderson Springer.
Stephenson also bemoaned the fact that too much political interference was creeping into West Indies cricket and its administration.