Kingston - The West Indies Cricket Board say they sacked
coach Phil Simmons this week for various reasons, not one specific thing, and
that they generally did not agree on most things when it came to the team.
Simmons was fired this week after a decision was made by the
board on the weekend, leaving Joel Garner in charge of the side for the tour to
the UAE to face Pakistan this month.
WICB chief Michael Muirhead told Cricinfo that it was an
accumulation of disagreements over time that led to the dismissal, though
selection matters were the most commonly reported arguments in the media.
Muirhead said: "I hired him, so therefore I have to
release him but that is on the recommendation of the board.
"The coach has an opinion and the board collectively
had another opinion, and that had happened on more than one occasion.
"It is a whole number of things over a period of time.
I can't say it was really one thing. There is no one thing that defines what
may have taken place.
"I think things came to a climax when a decision needed
to be made."
The CEO added: "It has been an ongoing thing where I
think Phil, in all that he has said and done, he has not aligned... the
relationships were breaking down.
"I think he himself had ideas for a different strategic
approach, notwithstanding one already having been approved and adopted by the
board. I don't think he was aligned with that.
"The other thing was the work culture was a little
different. It was how we do business, how we execute things. It was an
organisational culture. It was not the difference in ethnic culture as has been
pointed out elsewhere."