Former West Indies player and coach Phil Simmons has signed as a consultant for the Afghanistan Cricket Team for their next three series.
He is expected to advise Afghanistan’s current head coach Lalchand Rajput on technical decisions in the series against Zimbabwe, Ireland and West Indies.
Afghanistan is set to tour Zimbabwe for a five-ODI series beginning on February 16 and ending on February 26.
Following the Zimbabwe tour, they will host Ireland in Greater Noida for three T20I matches and five ODIs from March 8 to March 24. The two nations are also scheduled to play a four-day first-class match as part of the 2015–17 ICC Intercontinental Cup, beginning on March 28. All of Afghanistan’s matches against Ireland will take place at the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, which is Afghanistan’s ‘Home’ ground.
Simmons was coach of the Ireland team from 2007 till the World Cup in 2015. He had much success with the side, leading them to 11 Associate trophies and qualification to the 2011 and 2015 World Cups. Under his tutelage, Ireland managed to defeat England, West Indies and Zimbabwe in World Cup matches against the Test sides. He left his role with the Ireland team following Ireland’s failure to enter the knock-out stages in the 2015 World Cup to become head coach of West Indies.
He helped West Indies win their second World T20 trophy after beating England in the final at Kolkata. However, he was forced to vacate his position in September 2016 because of “differences in culture and strategic approach”.
Afghanistan will tour West Indies to play five ODIs and three T20I in June 2017. This will be the first bilateral series between the two nations
After his ouster as West Indies coach, Simmons became the head coach of St Kitts & Nevis Patriots for the 2017 Caribbean Premier League.
He recently oversaw the Desert T20 Challenge in UAE as a coaching consultant with the ICC Development Programme. Incidentally, Afghanistan won the tournament of eight Associate teams by defeating Ireland in the final.
As a player, Simmons had a decent run for the West Indies. He played 26 Test matches and scored 1002 runs. He also played 143 ODIs, scoring 3,675 runs and collecting 83 wickets