Saint Lucia - West Indies have suspended
Phil Simmons after the coach criticised the selection policy for next month's
tour to Sri Lanka.
"The management of the WICB has taken
action to suspend the head coach pending an investigation into the issue,"
the West Indies Cricket Board said in a statement on Monday.
The head coach will not now travel with the
team on the tour of Sri Lanka.
"The management has advised that the
responsibilities of the head coach will pass to (former Test all-rounder)
Eldine Baptiste, a member of the WICB selection panel, until the matter is
cleared up," read the statement.
Former Test batsman Simmons, who took
charge earlier this year, had queried the continued omissions of all-rounder
Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, saying he was not getting the "best
50-over ODI squad".
West Indies will play two tests, three
one-dayers and two Twenty20s in Sri Lanka.
The first match is a three-day game against
the President's XI in Colombo that starts on October 8.