HEADLINE: Phil Simmons apologizes for players' breach of safety protocols

link CaribbeanCricket.com Joined: Mar 5, 2003
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11/13/20, 10:28:15 AM 

West Indies coach Phil Simmons has apologized for the behavior of his players who breached New Zealand’s Covid-19 safety protocols and caused the team to be stripped of exemptions that had allowed to train while in isolation.

Simmons also confirmed that the players who transgressed would be sanctioned internally.

Earlier this week, the New Zealand Health Ministry, revealed that several West Indies players repeatedly ran afoul of the restrictions imposed while the team was in isolation in Christchurch. The incidents, they said, were captured on closed-circuit television and also reported by staff at the facility where the team is being housed.

"I have to apologise to the New Zealand public and the government who have allowed us to come here. It's embarrassing from our point of view," Simmons told New Zealand media, explaining that the incident has now robbed the team of valuable training time.

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link natty_forever Joined: Apr 27, 2003
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11/13/20, 11:03:36 AM 
Sums up why we are such a sorry ass cricket team.

link imusic Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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11/13/20, 11:12:44 AM 
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I’m surprised the apology didn’t come from assistant coach Roddy Estwick. Seeing how he givin interviews all over the place.one would have sworn he’s the team’s official spokesperson.

link Halliwell Joined: May 13, 2005
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11/13/20, 11:16:41 AM 
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Did we travel without a manager??? Is the CWI president on vacation?

The more we hear about this mess the more we see how protocols were easily transgressed

link imusic Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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11/13/20, 11:21:25 AM 
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Not sure. Don’t recall seeing anything from the team manager anywhere. I must have missed it

link Star Joined: Nov 27, 2002
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11/13/20, 11:24:12 AM 
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The offenders should be sent home immediately.

They breached the protocols and were warned.

These guys then took it upon themselves to blatantly disregard the warning and proceeded to breach the protocols a second time.

In my book that is unforgivable.

link FuzzyWuzzy Joined: May 31, 2005
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11/13/20, 12:42:43 PM 
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Rawle Lewis has been the most recent manager...but these days the head coach trumps the manager as team spokesman

link Islander Joined: Jun 9, 2019
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11/13/20, 1:36:28 PM 
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" I have to apologize to the New Zealand public and Government WHO HAVE ALLOWED US TO BE HERE" Lets put aside the transgression for a moment: Is anyone offended by the psychology of this pathetic man? You travel over thousands of miles to entertain these ppl, jeopardizing the health of our cricketers and making a few bucks for CWI and you view that as a privilege????? Maybe there should be self respect and IQ tests for these misfits placed to represent the WI public. Simply disgraceful.

link Verstehen Joined: Dec 15, 2007
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11/13/20, 2:00:43 PM 
Anyone can make a mistake but this is the key line for me, and the bolded words are most important of all:

Earlier this week, the New Zealand Health Ministry, revealed that several West Indies players repeatedly ran afoul of the restrictions imposed while the team was in isolation in Christchurch.


This is a significant failure- of the players themselves and the WI internal monitoring system.

link Blackbird Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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11/13/20, 2:56:25 PM 
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I guess the names are being withheld because of who they are.....
Selective discipline...

link ponderiver Joined: Jan 26, 2004
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11/13/20, 3:34:54 PM 
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Is anyone offended by the psychology of this pathetic man? You travel over thousands of miles to entertain these ppl, jeopardizing the health of our cricketers and making a few bucks for CWI and you view that as a privilege?????


I was beginning to think it was just me ...... it was cringe-worthy

CWI should bring the players home and call off the tour

maybe he was forced to make that statement ...... was he one of the culprits???
New Zealand is not exactly a fun place at the best of times for this I empathise with Phil, furthermore at 2:00 am in the morning and with limited access to the fridge and with stiff competition from Roddy it can be a lonely place big grin big grin big grin big grin

link Halliwell Joined: May 13, 2005
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11/13/20, 6:33:52 PM 
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Repeatedly ran afoul

Now that’s very interesting
Because if it was a big deal then why wasn’t it picked up once
All here seem to think the NZ protocols are Rolls Royce
Where was the initial transgression
How was it dealt with

Seems like a right mess now

link imusic Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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11/13/20, 6:42:01 PM 
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Agreed. That falls squarely on management.

link FuzzyWuzzy Joined: May 31, 2005
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11/13/20, 7:33:39 PM 
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How so? Is management supposed to be baby sitting players at 2.00a.m?

link Barry Joined: Jun 19, 2019
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11/13/20, 8:10:39 PM 
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Is anyone offended by the psychology of this pathetic man? You travel over thousands of miles to entertain these ppl, jeopardizing the health of our cricketers and making a few bucks for CWI and you view that as a privilege????? Maybe there should be self respect and IQ tests for these misfits placed to represent the WI public. Simply disgraceful.

i WOULD BE LIKE TIM AND TELL YOU WHO DONE IT

razz

link imusic Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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11/13/20, 8:59:22 PM 
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You’re in charge of a team. In cases of repeated transgressions, disciplinary action needs to be taken. But beyond that, of transgressions are repeated, it raises questions about your leadership.

In today’s world of pro sport, the head coach has the ultimate responsibility.

If there’s an off field indiscipline issue with Spurs, it won’t be the the owner that will be held responsible. It will be Mourinho.

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