‘Simmons not only one responsible’ – Former WI wicketkeeper Deryck Murray believes other parties also responsible for cricket decline

West Indies Men’s Cricket Team Coach, Phil Simmons resigned from All three formats after the Test series Defeat against Australia early this month.

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Simmons’ resignation was announced days after the regional side failed to make it past the qualifying phase of the International Cricket Council T20 World Cup.

However, Simmons had one last chance as he remained in charge for the two-match Test series against Australia from Nov. 30 – Dec. 12.

Meanwhile, Former West Indies wicketkeeper, Deryck Murray, has commended the Head coach Phil Simmons for stepping down from the post but insists he is far from the only one who should be doing so.

Murray believes there need to be many more changes at the broader management level than just Simmons if the team is to truly start moving forward.

“I want to commend Phil Simmons he has done an honorable thing. He was responsible for the team when we did not qualify for the T20 World cup and he did the horrible thing,” Murray told the Mason and Guest radio program.

“We should not assume for one minute, however, that one man, Philip Simmons, is responsible for the decline, for the losses of West Indies cricket,” he added.

“I keep looking to see others follow suite but nothing like that has happened…”

Murray went on to state that he believed the entire government system surrounding the sport in the region needed to change.

Last month (November), He said announcing his decision to resign was not solely because of the disastrous World Cup campaign.

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Simmons apologized for the team’s poor performance in the World Cup in qualifier, which saw defeats to Scotland and Ireland.

“I have been considering for some time and now is the time to make public that I will step down as West Indies coach at the end of the Test Series against Australia,” said Simmons

In his most recent stint as coach, Simmons led the regional team from 2019-2022. He was previously coach of the team from 2015-2016

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