Phil Simmons to be named West Indies head coach - reports

By October 14, 2019

News is emerging that Phil Simmons will be the new head coach of the West Indies Senior Men’s team.

Just over two weeks ago, Simmons was named among three final candidates being considered for the position along with former West Indies opener Desmond Haynes and Floyd Reifer who was appointed interim head coach after newly elected Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt fired the previous coaching staff headed by Richard Pybus in April.

Cricket West Indies announced Monday that they would be hosting a press conference on Tuesday to announce the new head coach for the struggling regional side but media professional Terry Finisterre, in a series of tweets posted on Twitter Monday, said that Desmond Haynes had withdrawn his name from consideration and that Simmons was to be the new head coach.

Calls to CWI CEO Johnny Grave and CWI President Ricky Skerritt went directly to voice mail accounts.

Simmons, who had coaching stints in Zimbabwe, Ireland and Afghanistan, served as West Indies coach from 2015-16 before he was fired due to "differences in culture and strategic approach."

The 56-year-old former West Indies opening batsman began coaching at the international level in 2004 when he was hired by Zimbabwe. He was fired in August 2005 and then took up the position of head coach of Ireland shortly after the 2007 World Cup.

While with Ireland he won 11 trophies and raised the standard of play over the course of the 224 matches he was in charge. Among his successes was guiding the team to victory over the West Indies in the 2015 World Cup.

Cricket West Indies hired Simmons later that year and he led the regional side to a second T20 World Cup title in 2016, only to be fired later that year because of what the regional board said was “differences in culture and strategic approach”.

Simmons coached the Barbados Tridents to the 2019 Hero CPL T20 title on Saturday.

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Related items

  • Rovman Powell century gives Scorpions win over Canada Rovman Powell century gives Scorpions win over Canada

    Jamaica Scorpions captain Rovman Powell reminded opponents in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup that he can be a fearsome batsman who can take a game away when he slammed an unbeaten century to help his team to a four-wicket victory over Canada at Warner Park on Saturday.

  • Pattinson banned for Pakistan Test after code of conduct charge Pattinson banned for Pakistan Test after code of conduct charge

    James Pattinson will miss Australia's first Test against Pakistan at the Gabba due to a suspension handed down by Cricket Australia (CA), it was announced on Sunday.

    Australia and Victoria bowler Pattinson is ineligible for the series opener in Brisbane after being found guilty of a level two breach of CA's code of conduct for abuse of an opposition player in the Sheffield Shield.

    The incident stems from Victoria's clash with Queensland in Melbourne and as it is Pattinson's third breach in the past 18 months, it triggered two suspension points and a subsequent one-match ban.

    "I made a mistake in the heat of the moment," said Pattinson, who opted against contesting the charge. "Straight away I realised I was in the wrong, and I apologised immediately, both to the opponent and to the umpires.

    "I have done the wrong thing and accept the penalty. I'm gutted to miss a Test match, but the standards are there for a reason and the fault is mine."

    No replacement will be called into the Test squad for the Pakistan opener, which gets underway on Thursday.

    "We have a duty to uphold the highest standards of behaviour and the action taken in this matter demonstrates that," CA's head of integrity and security Sean Carroll said. "On this occasion, James acknowledges he fell short of that expectation."

    Australia captain Tim Paine told ABC Grandstand: "He knows that he's let himself down and let the group down. We hold ourselves to really high standards now with our behaviour ... so we're disappointed in that.

    "James has owned up and he knows he's made a mistake. He's apologised for it and will come back bigger and better."

  • Pollard wants to ‘right the wrongs’ in series decider Pollard wants to ‘right the wrongs’ in series decider

    West Indies captain Kieron Pollard is planning to hit back hard at Afghanistan after the hosts won their first game against his side in Lucknow, India on Saturday.

    Afghanistan were dominant against the West Indies, beating them by 47 runs despite not scoring many when their side batted.

    The result, largely coming on the back of Karim Janat’s 5-11, gave the skipper pause to think.

    He has had things largely his own way since his debut as captain at the start of a three-match ODI series his team bossed and one T20I where they proved much better than their opposition, but now he has to will his team to come good when the outcome isn’t so clear.

    “We just have 24 hours to wrong the rights, and hopefully we come back and do those things right tomorrow. 1-1 is a virtual final tomorrow, and you'd want to see how the guys react tomorrow. Happy times for us in terms of how we have played through this series. We need to have conversations on what to improve on for tomorrow,” said Pollard.

    As for the game just concluded, Pollard believes the West Indies did a few things wrong.

    "At the halfway stage, we were happy with 147. Their batsmen came hard at us, but we came back well, especially Kesrick. We cannot fault the bowlers. We didn't get a good start in the Powerplay, and we lost wickets every time we were trying to be aggressive,” he said.

    Earlier, Afghanistan had scored 147-7 from their 20 overs with Hazratullah Zazai and Janat scoring 26, Gulbadin Naib, 24, and Najibullah Zadran, 20 not out.

    Kesrick Williams had been the best bowler for the West Indies, bagging 3-23, while Keemo Paul, replacing the injured Fabian Allen, ended with 2-28, and Jason Holder, 2-23.

    When the West Indies batted, only Denish Ramdin, 24 not out, seemed interested against Naveen-ul-Haq, 1-19, Rashid Khan, 1-25, Naib, 1-22, and the brilliant 5-11 from Janat.

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.