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Simmons tipped to be new West Indies coach

Former West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons is to be appointed the new head coach of the embattled Caribbean side, and is set to take over following the ICC Cricket World Cup.
A source with intimate knowledge of the recruitment and selection process confirmed to CMC Sports that Simmons’ appointment was virtually “a done deal”, and would formally assume duties once the ongoing showpiece in New Zealand and Australia wrapped up next month.
CMC Sports understands he was one of seven candidates being considered for the post.
The 51-year-old Simmons currently serves as Ireland head coach and only last Monday inspired his side to a shock four-wicket defeat of West Indies, in their opening game of the Cricket World Cup at Saxton Oval.
He is in his eighth year as Ireland coach, having signed a two-year contract extension in December, 2013.
Trinidadian Simmons, who has coached Zimbabwe in the past, will fill the post made vacant by another former West Indies player, Ottis Gibson, who parted ways with the West Indies Cricket Board last August, just days prior to the start of the Bangladesh tour of the Caribbean.
Ever since, assistant coach Stuart Williams, team manager Sir Richie Richardson and bowling coach, Sir Curtly Ambrose, have assumed technical duties with the side.
Several names, including that of South African Mickey Arthur, were last year bandied about but the WICB quashed speculation by saying that there would be no rush to fill the vacant post.
And only last September, WICB president Dave Cameron said the board was hoping to make an appointment “within the New Year”.
Simmons has had success as Ireland coach since succeeding Adi Birrell back in 2007. During his tenure, he has overseen the capture of two Intercontinental Cups while ensuring qualification for four successive World Twenty20 campaigns.
In 2013, Ireland – an associate ICC member – became the first team to win the Associates’ treble of the Intercontinental Cup, World Cricket League and Twenty20.
Simmons’ first series in charge of West Indies will be against England, who tour the Caribbean from April 6 to May 5 for three Tests.
In a career spanning 12 years for West Indies, the former right-handed batsman and right-arm seamer played 26 Tests scoring 1002 runs at an average of 22 and grabbing four wickets.
In 143 One-Day Internationals, he managed 3,675 runs at an average of nearly 29, while picking up 83 wickets. (CMC)

3 Responses to Simmons tipped to be new West Indies coach

  1. Gilly February 20, 2015 at 12:55 am

    What would make Simmons leave Ireland where he has total control to come to the Windies where the team is in disarray, the board is embattled and WiPA is up in arms with the players..

  2. Harry Turnover February 20, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Simmons REALLY feels that he can get the WI players to follow him ESPECIALLY the SENIOR ones ?? he better seek an extension with Ireland.
    Can he not see the trend among the players……..” if one is not from my Country..I will not back you”…..”.if ones’ test record is poor,how can you tell me what batting is all about”…”.this is we time now,you had yours”
    Ask Sobers,Richards,Gibson and other West Indian and foreign coaches how certain players behave.

  3. Walter Prescod February 20, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    T he players are at fault, now i have heard it all. As employer you lead by example. ” Do on to others as you would have them do to you” please read the ”indpendent” reports from the last years on the WICB as employer


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