Well-known cricket commentator Fazeer Mohammed has been banned from interviewing any West Indies player currently in Australia taking part in the Sir Frank Worrell cricket series.
Mohammed made the trek from Trinidad to Australia to work as a radio commentator for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and has been commentating since the first Test in Hobart. He told Guardian Media yesterday that he was banned after he made comments about the team on a radio talk show prior to the start of the second Test that is currently on in Melbourne.
According to Mohammed: "I got banned from interviewing anyone in the squad."He added that coach Phil Simmons did not take lightly to criticisms of the team's training heading into the Test match.
"Simmons apparently didn't like what I said about the team's training ahead of this Test. I made the comments on Andrew Mason's show last Tuesday. Someone obviously told him what I said and he didn't like it." Asked if he was contacted by Simmons, Mohammed said, "No, he hasn't spoken to me."
Mohammed continued: "The information was passed on by Philip Spooner. Simmons spoke to the producer of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio commentary, Adam White and told him that I am not to interview any member of the squad. This occurred at the end of the second day's play of the ongoing Test."
Mohammed found that Simmons' action was not necessary as it can bring no good to the squad.
"It is disappointing because it doesn't really achieve anything other than bring unnecessary and unwanted negative attention to a squad that has already been facing severe criticism from the Australian media," he said.The West Indies team has performed poorly thus far in this series and is trailing 0�1 and in deep trouble in the ongoing Test at Melbourne.
Since arriving in Australia the team has been put under the gun on and off the field and skipper Jason Holder has been the centre of attacks.Only yesterday, former Australian great ?? said that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) made a grave error in putting the young player in charge of the Test squad, due to his inexperience in the role.