Was racially abused while playing league cricket in England, says Simmons

West Indies coach Phil Simmons has revealed that he was subjected to racial abuse when he played league cricket in England during his playing days.

Simmons played in various leagues in England in the 80s and 90s and was a key member of the Leicestershire side which won the County Championship in 1996.

“I encountered quite a bit (of racism) up in the leagues,” Simmons was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “In county cricket I haven’t really encountered that much. But I have encountered it in the leagues.

“It’s not a nice thing to face. Especially in the leagues where you’re by yourself sometimes. It affected my wife when I was up there. It’s not a nice thing.

“I played in three or four different leagues. It was one particular league up in the north east,” he added.

The West Indies coach further confirmed that his side will “definitely” register their “solidarity” with the Black Lives Matter movement when the Test series against England begins.

“We definitely are thinking about things that we can do to show our solidarity with the movement,” Simmons said. “We definitely have plans to show our unity and our backing to it. The chats with the English are on-going and by the end of this week we’ll see what we can do together,” he added.

The first Test is slated to be played at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton (July 8-12) with the second and third matches at Old Trafford in Manchester from July 16-20 and then July 24-28.