Philip Verant Simmons is a former Trinidadian cricketer and former player of the West Indies national cricket team as an all-rounder. Simmons played as an opening batsman, a medium-fast bowler, and a slip fielder.
After him retiring from the playing, Simmons started as a coach. He was first appointed as the head coach to the Zimbabwe cricket team in 2004 after that Simmons succeeded Adrian Birrell as coach of the Ireland national cricket team after the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Simmons significantly improved Ireland’s standing in world cricket as their coach. Under his led Ireland cricket team won 11 trophies, qualified for every major ICC event while achieved memorable victories against Pakistan and Bangladesh at the 2007 World Cup, England at the 2011 World Cup as well as the West Indies and Zimbabwe at the 2015 World Cup.
In 2015 he was appointed as his national team and he has a proven ability to develop players, in 2016 he led the West Indies team to a historic second T20 world cup victory in India.
In 2017 Simmions was appointed as the batting coach for Afghanistan national cricket team and later on, was appointed as the head coach. Recently he was named as the coach of the Brampton Wolves franchise team for the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament.
In his ODI career in for West Indies national cricket team, he scored 3675 and averaged 35.61 with the bat and 28.68 with the ball, took 83 wickets while played 26 tests and scored 1002 runs at an average of 22.26 with the bat, 64.25 with the ball.
“Bringing Phil Simmons back is not just righting a past wrong, but I am confident that CWI has chosen the right man for the job at the right time. I want to also thank the very talented Floyd Reifer for the hard work he put in while he was the interim coach,” said Ricky Skerritt, the CWI president.
Simmons guided the West Indies to the World Twenty20 title in 2016 but was sacked five months later.
The selection panels are as follows:
WI Men’s Panel
Lead Selector: Roger Harper
Selector: Miles Bascombe
WI Women’s & Girls’ Panel
Lead Selector: Ann Browne-John
Selector: Travis Dowlin
WI Boys’ Panel
Talent ID Manager: Robert Haynes
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