Coach of the West Indies, Phil Simmons, says he’s not surprised by the negative reaction concerning the team selection for the ICC T20 World Cup in in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, from October 17 to November 14.

The inclusion of Chris Gayle at 42 years-old and injury prone Andre Russell are two of the decisions that have come under great criticism.

Questions have also been asked about the exclusion of number-1 all-rounder Jason Holder.

Simmons says he expected some of these criticisms.

He’s calling on the Caribbean people to rally around the team.

Phil Simmons.