The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has appointed former West Indies player and coach, Phil Simmons, as the head coach of the Afghanistan National Cricket Team.
ACB Chairman, Atif Mashal welcomed Mr. Simmons’ appointment and said in a statement: “considering Mr. Simmons’ wealth of cricketing and coaching experience at international level, we are hopeful that he would prove to be a great mentor leading Afghanistan team to greater heights in international cricket, especially in the lead up to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers and 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.”
Referring to his appointment, Mr. Simmons said: “This is a welcome return, but it is also an exciting beginning to a new challenge for me as a coach. I am looking forward to renewing my relationship with both the players and the ACB in search of further success.”
Phil Simmons has played 26 tests and 143 One Day Internationals (ODIs) for the West Indies from 1987 to 1999. Post his retirement from the game in the year 2002, he embarked on a successful coaching career. He was appointed as Zimbabwe’s head coach in 2004. Later, he coached Ireland from 2007 till early 2015.Simmons was appointed as West Indies head coach after the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. He proved to be a successful addition as he successfully led the West Indies team to the ICC World T20 title in 2016.
Phil Simmons’ first association with Afghanistan was as batting Consultant Coach from late January to June 2017.