Wednesday 3 June, 2020

CWI admits liability in sacking of Phil Simmons

Phil Simmons

Phil Simmons

Cricket West Indies is admitting liability in the dismissal of former coach Phil Simmons. 

In a release, CWI said it never denied liability in the Phil Simmons’ dismissal affair for no other reason than to ensure an amicable resolution in the interest of West Indies Cricket.

CWI said the negotiations are ongoing with the former coach and his representatives and while there is a hearing date for March 26, they are hoping to reach a settlement soon.

Simmons has claimed damages of more than US$300,000 with a final sum to be agreed at the court date.  

He was sacked in September 2016 after complaining publically about interference in the selection of sides. 

In the release, the CWI also disputed claims from cricket website ESPNCricInfo that the bud­get for the of­fice of pres­i­dent Dave Cameron had risen to half-mil­lion Unit­ed States dol­lars.

The CWI said that the Office of the President, like any other department, prepares a budget for its operations in any financial year and the budget is approved by the Board of Directors.

CWI al­so re­fut­ed the claim in the re­port that Cameron had asked the board to ap­prove a month­ly rise from $2000 to $10000, with the board fi­nal­ly agree­ing to a month­ly stipend of $6000.

"For the 2018/2019 period, a total of US$258,263 was budgeted. As of January 31, expenditure stood at $61,768. This cost includes travel. In late 2017 the composition of Compensation Committee was agreed by the Board of Directors. The Chairman of Finance, Anand Kalladeen was appointed to chair the Compensation Committee. The other members were independent directors, Jennifer Nero and Milton Samuda. CEO, Johnny Grave sat in an advisory capacity. The President was not a member of the Committee and did not attend any meetings of the Compensation Committee," the release said. 

CWI said in March 2018 the Committee reported to the Board of Directors and recommended an increase of stipends for all directors, including the President and Vice President. The recommendation was for a monthly stipend as follows:

  • US$4,000 to the President
  • US$2,000 to the President
  • US$700 to all other Directors

"Said increase is not effective unless and until approved by Ordinary Resolution at an Annual General Meeting. At no time did the President recommend an increase for himself.The Board of Directors wishes to reiterate that the President cannot and does not dictate or approve any increase in compensation or stipend for himself or other directors. He cannot and does not approve the budgets for his office or CWI. Any suggestion to the contrary is inaccurate and misleading."

The CWI said in the 2017/2018 period, the President’s office had a budget of US$217,604 of which US$223,923 was spent. This money has been accounted for by the Office of the President.

The reports came less than a week before the CWI election. The election will take place in Jamaica on Sunday.

The CWI elections will be held in Jamaica on March 24 and Ricky Skerritta former cabinet minister in St Kitts, will be seeking to topple incumbent CWI president Dave Cameron.

Dr Kishore Shallow the President of St Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association, will be up against Emmanuel Nathan for the vice-presidency.

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