Simmons blames selectors

West Indies Head Coach, Phil Simmons.
West Indies Head Coach, Phil Simmons.
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Afghanistan’s cricket coach Phil Simmons has criticized the West Indies selectors for some of their decisions following the side’s recent loss to India in the Twenty20s.

Simmons, a former head coach of the regional side said the team’s selectors seemed to not fully understand the format, as it was evident in some of their decisions.

Speaking about the 71-run loss to India in the second Twenty20 International recently, he said one such decision was a move to promote Denesh Ramdin to the top-order, referring to it as an example of confusion in the lineup.

“I think when you’re selecting a team, you have to make sure you have the right people for each of the Twenty20 format. And if you don’t have the right players at the top of it, as India have shown with their three in Rohit (Sharma), Sihikar (Dhawan) and whenever Virat Kholi is there, they have the balance. They provide the stability for the rest,” he said.

Simmons said the inability of the selectors to find a solid opening pair was one of West Indies biggest issues.