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No single reason for Simmons' removal, insists WICB

Updated: Sep 15, 2016 16:02 IST      
No single reason for Simmons' removal, insists WICB

Kingston (Jamaica) [West Indies], Sept.15 (ANI):A day after Phil Simmons was axed from the post of West Indies head coach, the country's cricket board has revealed that there was not a specific reason, but number of various issues behind his sacking.

Yesterday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) had confirmed that Simmons has been dismissed from his position with immediate effect due to "differences in culture and strategic approach, thus leaving Joel Garner in charge of the side for the upcoming T20 tour to the UAE for a series against Pakistan.

WICB chief Michael Muirhead said although there was an accumulation of disagreements over time that led to Simmons' dismissal, the selection matters were the most commonly reported arguments that were raised in the media.

"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," Muirhead was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

Under Simmons' guidance, West Indies lifted their second World T20 title in India earlier this year. However, strains between Simmons and the WICB continued to simmer.

Last year, Simmons was suspended briefly after he complained of "interference" in the selection process, but he was reinstated after a reprimand.

Simmons is the third influential member of the team management, after Darren Sammy and Curtly Ambrose, who have been sacked in less than six months since West Indies' historic World T20 victory. (ANI)

Proteas beat England in thriller to level T20 series

Updated: Jun 24, 2017 02:09 IST     

Taunton [UK], June 24 (ANI): A brilliant half century from opener Jason Roy went in vain as South Africa defeated England by three runs in a thrilling second T20I to level the three-match series 1-1 here at The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton on Friday.

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Port of Spain [West Indies], June 24 (ANI): The first ODI of the five-match series between India and West Indies was abandoned after rains started pouring during the Indian innings here at the Queen's Park Oval on Friday.

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London [UK], June 24 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has outlined the process for the incorporation of a new governing body for cricket in the USA and confirmed all cricket activities should continue during the transition period following the expulsion of the USA Cricket Association from ICC membership.

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Hockey India unites regions to celebrate Olympic Day 2017

Updated: Jun 24, 2017 00:34 IST     

New Delhi [India], June 24 (ANI): Hockey India's member units marked the International Olympic Day with celebrations that involved young and the old, men and women, from different regions, from different backgrounds to come together and rejoice the momentous occasion celebrating the inclusive spirit of hockey.

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Bopanna-Dodig crash out of Aegon Championships

Updated: Jun 24, 2017 00:30 IST     

London [UK], June 24 (ANI): Indian tennis star Rohan Bopanna and his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig got knocked out of the ongoing Aegon Championships after suffering a straight-sets defeat against the French duo of Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasseli in semi-finals last evening.

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New Delhi [India], June 23 (ANI): Virat Kohli's childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma on Friday said the Indian cricket team won't be affected by the absence of Anil Kumble during the first one-day international against the West Indies being played in Port Spain today.

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New Delhi [India], June 23 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday extended the deadline to apply for the post of Team India Head Coach till July 9.

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Saina Nehwal crashes out of Australian Open Super Series

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 19:00 IST     

New Delhi [India], June 23 (ANI): Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal bowed out of the Australian Open Super Series on Friday.

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India vs West Indies 1st ODI: WI win toss, opt to bowl

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 18:29 IST     

Port of Spain [West Indies], June 23 (ANI): West Indies has won the toss and elected to bowl against the Indian side in the opening ODI of the five-match series at the Queen's Park Oval here on Friday.

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Karachi [Pakistan], June 23 (ANI): Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell and legendary West Indies cricketer Vivian Richards has called for return of international cricket in Pakistan, saying that the crowd and players are starved of watching the game in their own country.

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Raval, de Grandhomme, Broom earn NZ central contracts

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 16:55 IST     

Wellington [New Zealand], June 23 (ANI): New Zealand opening batsman Jeet Raval, all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme and batsman Neil Broom have all been given central contracts for the 2017-18 international season.

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Sindhu stunned by World No.1 Tzu Ying in Australian Open

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 14:22 IST     

Sydney [Australia], June 23 (ANI): In a major blow, Rio-Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu was knocked out of the Australian Open Super Series after going down against Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying in the quarter-finals of the women's singles event here on Friday.

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Proteas coach Domingo to fly back home post mother's accident

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 13:54 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], June 23 (ANI):South Africa coach Russell Domingo, who is in England for the ongoing T20 and Test series, is all set to fly back home after his mother was critically injured in a car accident.

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Kohli & Co. to take on Windies in opening ODI

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 13:14 IST     

Port of Spain [West Indies], June 23 (ANI): India will aim to put all on-field controversies regarding their head coach Anil Kumble's exit to rest when they take on West Indies in the opening ODI of the five-match series at the Queen's Park Oval here on Friday.

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Srikanth stuns Praneeth to enter Australian Open semis

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 12:13 IST     

Sydney [Australia], June 23 (ANI): Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth continued his rich vein of form as he got the better of fellow countryman B.Sai Praneeth in straight games to romp into the semi-finals of the Australian Open Super Series here on Friday.

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Bopanna-Dodig eye final spot at Aegon C'ships

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 12:07 IST     

London [U.K], June 23 (ANI): Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna and his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig will aim to book their place in the finals of the Aegon Championships when they take on French duo of Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the men's double event later today.

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Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], June 23 (ANI): The Indian women's hockey team are all set for the upcoming Hockey World league (HWL) Semi-Finals in Johannesburg, after a three-week long high altitude training camp at Shilaroo in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh.

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Sanchez becomes Chile's all-time leading scorer

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 07:05 IST     

Kazan [Russia], June 23 (ANI): Star forward Alexis Sanchez on Thursday became Chile's all-time leading scorer during his side's 1-1 draw against Germany at the Confederations Cup.

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London [UK], June 23 (ANI): Beth Mooney top scored for Australia as it eased past Pakistan by eight wickets in its final warm-up match ahead of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 on Thursday.

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Have total respect for Kumble as a cricketer: Kohli

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 06:26 IST     

Port of Spain [West Indies], June 23 (ANI): India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday asserted that he and the whole team have a huge respect for former head coach Anil Kumble's achievements as a cricketer.

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