Newly-elected Cricket West Indies president, Ricky Skerritt, says he intends to issue an apology to former head coach Phil Simmons, for recent controversial comments by his predecessor, Dave Cameron, who labelled the Trinidadian's hiring as a 'bad decision'.
And the former St Kitts and Nevis government minister, who stunned Cameron in last Sunday's CWI elections in Jamaica, hinted that the regional governing body was poised to settle the long-running legal dispute over damages with Simmons.
Speaking in a wide-ranging interview with CMC Sports on Tuesday, a passionate Skerritt said Simmons had been 'very competent' in his time in charge of West Indies, and described his sacking as one of the low points in West Indies cricket during the last administration.
During the recent election campaign, Cameron told a Jamaica radio station that CWI 'made a bad decision when we hired Phil and we had to get out of that situation'.
But Skerritt, who said he was involved in Simmons's hiring, disagreed.
'In our opinion, the Phil Simmons issue was one of the unfortunate developments over the last few years,' Skerritt said.
'Phil Simmons is an excellent coach, a world class coach. I think my predecessor made an an unfortunate statement when he said it was a mistake hiring Phil Simmons.
'I was involved in the interview panel that recruited Phil Simmons from a long list of competitors and Phil Simmons was the best candidate, and he proved himself in terms of his results on the field to have been a very competent coach.'
He added: 'And if it is one thing that I'm going to do as president of Cricket West Indies is to apologise to Phil Simmons for having been referred to as a mistake. Cricket West Indies did not make a mistake when Phil Simmons was recruited.'
Simmons was abruptly axed in September 2016 just days before the start of a...