THE WEST Indies have a new coach. Phil Simmons was confirmed as the head coach during a meeting of the CWI board of directors, following the conclusion of a short but intensive recruitment process.
The board had made it clear prior to the start of the recruitment process in September that “persons without West Indian heritage need not apply.”
Simmons served previously for a short period as head coach, during which he coached the team to the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup title, following which he was controversially dismissed.
Simmons comes with first-class credentials for improving teams. He served since as the head coach of Afghanistan, who he helped qualify for the first time for the 2019 ICC ODI CWC.
His tenure as head coach of Ireland, saw them improve their ICC rankings and qualify for all major ICC events.
Simmons’ latest coaching success came just a few days ago when he coached the Barbados Tridents to the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League title with an impressive victory over the Guyana Amazon Warriors in Saturday’s final.