Afghanistan confirm Phil Simmons as head coach

Phil Simmons has worked with Zimbabwe, Ireland and West Indies in the past
Phil Simmons has worked with Zimbabwe, Ireland and West Indies in the past
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Afghanistan have confirmed former West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons as the new coach of the national team.

Simmons will take over the vacant position left by Lalchand Rajput, who held the role for just three months before he was removed.

The 54-year-old, who announced retirement from his playing career in 2002 took in charge of Zimbabwe first in 2004 and later Ireland in 2007.

Post-2015 World Cup, Simmons left his role with Ireland and was appointed as head coach of West Indies and a year later he guided West Indies to a historic T20 World Cup win in India.

However, he could not continue with his role after difference in opinion with the West Indies Cricket Board on the selection policy adopted towards the senior players.

Simmons was initially appointed as the batting coach of Afghanistan and now will take full in charge of the team with the first assignment being a two match T20I series against Zimbabwe that will be followed by a five ODI series against the same team in Sharjah.

Afghanistan, who were granted Test status last year along with Ireland are also likely to play their first game in the longer format against India later this year.

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