In an almost immediate response to the article on CricInfo regarding the legal matter between former West Indies Coach Phil Simmons and Cricket West Indies, the organization issued a statement explaining its reason for initially denying liability in the coach’s dismissal.
The statement said “CWI 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”.
The organization acknowledged that negotiation with Simmons and his representatives is ongoing and hopes to reach a settlement by the time of the next hearing on March 26.
Simmons who is being represented by Antiguan based Queen’s Counsel E. Ann Henry and Barbadian lawyers Leslie F. Haynes Q.C and former cricket commentator Donna Symmonds in the case at the Industrial Court in Antigua, was axed in September 2016 after publicly complaining about outside interference in the selection of sides.
He has claimed damages of more than US$300,000 with a final sum to be agreed in an Antiguan court on March 26.
The CricInfo article reported that CWI President Dave Cameron “recently asked the board to increase his monthly expenses from US$2,000 to US$10,000 a month”, adding that the Board finally agreed to a US$6,000 increase.
It also reported “the cost of his presidential office, travel and staff – now understood to cost somewhere approaching US$500,000 a year” and his “entertainment costs alone are understood to be over US$100,000”.
CWI refutes those claims stating that 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 Vice 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 statement said.