‘Not best squad’

Sports Page — West Indies Coach Phil Simmons has no-balled what he claims is “outside interference” in matters surrounding the selection of the regional One-Day International (ODI) cricket team.

Lamenting that the best team hasn’t been chosen for the upcoming three-match ODI series in Sri Lanka, Simmons said he is disappointed with the selection process, which he believes wasn’t done as professionally as it should.

Once again, former captain Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard have been excluded from the One-Day squad, which is yet to be officially announced. They were also axed from the team for the One-Day series in South Africa and the World Cup team earlier this year. Simmons charged that the omission of key players like Bravo and Pollard from the fitness testing that preceded the week-long training camp for the Test squad at the 3Ws Oval was a clear indication the West Indies would be severely weakened in the limited overs series, which starts on November 1.

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