Fired Simmons Wants £292 500

FORMER Zimbabwe cricket coach Phil Simmons wants his former employers to pay him £292 500 in compensation more than three years after being relieved of his duties, IndependentSport has heard.

The former West Indies all rounder, now coaching minnows Ireland, signed a three-year contract with ZC in September 2004. He was fired as national team coach in August 2005 and replaced by local Kevin Curran.
He claims he was unlawfully dismissed.

Trinidadian-born Simmons, whose contract fell under English Law, is believed have been paid in the region of £12 000 as monthly salary in addition to other perks.

Simmons’ lawyers, Harbotte & Lewis of London, last month wrote to ZC through Zimbabwean correspondent firm Byron Venturas & Partners demanding payment of US$112 500. The figure has since been revised to £292 500.

In the letter dated February 18, Harbotte & Lewis said ZC had terminated Simmons’ contract without giving six calendar months written notice. It said payment should have continued until the date of termination of the agreement.

Documents at hand show the breakdown of Simmons’ claims as:

lPayment for the months of December (2005), January and February (2006) at £12 500 per month totalling £37 500;
lSix months notice in terms of the contract at £12 500 which totals to £75 000 and;
lUnlawful termination of contract or payments up to remainder of the contract at £15 000 pounds per month for 15 months which total £180 000.
This adds up to £292 500.

In addition Simmons also wants a ZC twin cab vehicle he used to be allocated to him permanently.
His lawyers said they would take up the issue with higher authorities if the payment is not made.

“We put you on notice that an order made by the English Court against ZC may be enforced against any assets of ZC in England and our client may institute further enforcement proceedings against assets of ZC worldwide. Moreover if ZC breaches the terms of an order of the English Court, it would be in contempt of court and any officer of ZC may be liable to arrest and/or fine.

“Unless you make the payment to our client of the sum set out above by no later than 21 days from date of letter, our client will commence legal proceedings in England against ZC.

“Depending upon your response to this letter, our client also reserves the right to bring this dispute to the attention of the ICC, as the sport’s governing body, and which has a proper and legitimate interest in this matter.”

BY ENOCK MUCHINJO

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