West Indies news April 11, 2010

Lendl Simmons determined to win back place

Cricinfo staff

Lendl Simmons has vowed to fight his way back into the West Indies team after the disappointment of being left out of the squad for the World Twenty20.

Simmons was one of West Indies' most impressive performers in the last World Twenty20, in England, making 150 runs at 30.00 and taking six wickets in the tournament, but was unceremoniously dumped by the national set up, led by new coach Ottis Gibson, for this year's event and an A-team tour to Zimbabwe.

"I am very disappointed with the fact I have not been selected for the World Cup. I am taking it in stride and just continuing my hard work in the nets," he said.

Simmons, who has also played three Tests, also claimed he has not been contacted by anyone from the West Indies management and is unsure of his place in the selectors' thinking. "Currently I don't know what is my position in West Indies cricket. I noticed that they have selected an A team and I was also overlooked. No one has told me my position at present within the set up of West Indies cricket."

Yet he has no intention of remaining on the sidelines and insists he has plenty to offer the national side. "At present I remain very committed to West Indies cricket and I am looking to work hard to get back into the regional team. I think I have a contribution to make towards West Indies cricket and I don't intend to take my opportunities for granted.

"For the moment it is really back to the nets, working as hard as I can and whenever an opportunity comes my way, I will be looking to grasp it with both hands."