West Indies Appointed New Head Coach: Phil Simmons

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has named Phil Simmons as the new head coach of their men’s team.

The announcement comes just two weeks after CWI released details of its shortlist for the position that included Simmons along with former West Indies front-runner Desmond Haynes and interim coach Floyd Reifer.

Mr. Reifer was temporarily named after CWI President Ricky Skerritt dismissed former coach Richard Pybus in April this year. But now Simmons will resume the role after holding it for just over a year after completing the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

During this time he led the West Indies to their second T20 World Cup of ICC men. This phase ended after a statement by the board at that time due to “differences in culture and in the strategic approach”.

Simmons, a former West Indies Test player, previously served as head coach of Zimbabwe, Ireland, and Afghanistan. He was particularly successful with the Irish team, which played 224 games in record height. Ireland also scored many notable victories over this period, notably against England at the 2011 Cricket World Cup, but also against Pakistan and Bangladesh at the 2007 World Cup and against Zimbabwe and the West Indies in 2015.

His first challenge as a coach will be a tour against Afghanistan, which begins on November 5th. The tour consists of three T20Is, three ODIs, and a test.

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