Zimbabwe coach takes contract dispute to court

Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Harare:A lawyer for former West Indies Test cricket all-rounder Phil Simmons appeared in the high court here to outline his contract dispute with the Zimbabwean cricket board that has led to threat of deportation.

Simmons, initially hired as the national cricket coach here, was served a deportation order a week ago by the country's Immigration Department and told to be out of the country by the end of the day.

He has been in job limbo since being told during a Test match against India at Bulawayo 13 months ago that his services were no longer required. He was replaced by locally born Kevin Curren.

Zimbabwe Cricket contest that Simmons' contract has been terminated, he has no valid work permit and this means he has to leave the country.

But Simmons maintains that his contract has not been properly terminated and there has been no letter to him. He is challenging the cricket board to prove otherwise and he intends to seek compensation.

Judge Benjamin Hlatshwayo ruled that a full hearing would start on Friday.

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