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CWI ‘admit legal responsibility’ in Phil Simmons’ unfair dismissal case

Cricket West Indies has been compelled to confess legal responsibility in a case introduced towards them by Phil Simmons for unfair dismissal as West Indies coach.

Simmons, the present Afghanistan coach, has claimed damages of greater than US$300,000 with a last sum to be agreed at a courtroom date in Antigua on March 26. With authorized prices included, the episode might value CWI US$400,000 or extra.

Simmons was sacked in September 2016 having complained publically about “interference from outdoors” within the choice of sides.

The timing of the information might trigger appreciable embarrassment and, maybe, injury to the present CWI president, Dave Cameron. It comes as Cameron stands for re-election for the place and helps the claims of his rival, Ricky Skerritt, that he has squandered massive sums of cash throughout his tenure.

“If Cameron desires to speak about turmoil, maybe he can clarify why former head coaches, Ottis Gibson, Phil Simmons, and the a number of others who Cameron unexpectedly and summarily dismissed, from each the lads’s and girls’s groups, have collectively value CWI nicely over US $1million?” Skerritt, who’s a CWI board member, requested solely final month.

He additionally alleges that Cameron led the board to consider there could be no prices incurred in Simmons’ dismissal because it was made “for trigger”. The election takes place on March 24.

ESPNcricinfo additionally understands that Cameron not too long ago requested the board to extend his month-to-month bills from US$2,000 to US$10,000 a month. The board finally agreed an increase to US$6,000 however discontent at the price of his presidential workplace, journey and workers – now understood to value someplace approaching US$500,000 a 12 months – is rising. His leisure prices alone are understood to be over US$100,000.

CWI turns over someplace round US$40-45million every year and has, at occasions over the past 12 months or two, been obliged to delay funds to workers attributable to cash-flow points. Gibson, one other West Indies coach discarded earlier than the tip of his contract, beforehand settled his case towards CWI for a sum understood to be over US$300,000.

Simmons is being represented by Antiguan primarily based Queen’s Counsel E. Ann Henry and Barbadian attorneys Leslie F. Haynes Q.C and former cricket commentator Donna Symmonds within the case on the Industrial Court docket in Antigua.

Sir Viv Richards, who stays massively influential within the Caribbean and past, joined the election debate on Saturday when he launched a video on his Instagram account endorsing Skerritt for president and suggesting he would “carry respectability again to that place”.

Sir Viv joins St Vincent and Grenadines Prime Minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, in endorsing Skerritt. Gonsalves can also be chairman of the CARICOM sub-committee on cricket.

Cameron has been approached by ESPNcricinfo for remark.


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