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Phil Simmons to coach St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots for CPL 2017

Phil Simmons has coached Ireland and West Indies previously
Phil Simmons has coached Ireland and West Indies previously

Former West Indies coach Phil Simmons has been appointed as the head coach of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots for the upcoming season.

Simmons had a successful stint with Ireland before taking over as coach of West Indies at the conclusion of the 2015 World Cup.

During his tenure, West Indies managed to clinch the World Twenty20 title for the second time in the 2016 tournament held in India.

After a series of misunderstanding with West Indies Cricket Board, the 53-year-old was sacked from the role in September with the board citing "differences in culture and strategic approach" as the reason behind it.

However, the former Trinidad & Tobago all-rounder will now be seen in CPL for the first time when he takes in charge of St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, who had a tough season last time where they ended last.

St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots Co-Owner & Principal, Uday Nayak believes Simmons' local knowledge will be a big boost to the side.

"We are happy to announce that Phil Simmons is the new head coach of the SKN Patriots”, said Nayak.

“We expect that Phil’s experience and local knowledge will help the Patriots achieve improved performances in our 2017 Hero CPL campaign, and will bring the ultimate success that our fans and sponsors deserve”.

The Patriots owner described Simmons as “the right coaching choice at this very crucial time in the development of our Franchise.”

Thanking the owners for showing trust on him, Simmons is looking forward to the challenge.

“I am delighted to take up the role as Head Coach of the SKN Patriots.

"I would like to thank the owners and management for offering me this exciting opportunity to lead the squad.

"I am aware of the immediate challenges we are facing and I will do all possible to ensure that we achieve improved results”.

The news comes days after the franchise signed former West Indies captain Chris Gayle from Jamaica Tallawahs.

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