Thursday, February 2, 2023

Who’s Who in Cricket: Phil Simmons

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Previous Roles
Head Coach, Cricket West Indies (CWI) (Oct 2019 – Dec 2022)
Head Coach, Barbados Tridents (Aug 2019 – Oct 2019) 
Head Coach, Afghanistan Cricket Board (Jan 2018 – Jul 2019) 
Head Coach Men’s Senior Team, Cricket West Indies (CWI) (Apr 2015 – Aug 2016) 
Head Coach, Cricket Ireland (Mar 2007 – Mar 2015) 
Head Coach National Team, Zimbabwe Cricket (2004 – 2006) 
Head Coach Cricket Academy, Zimbabwe Cricket (Apr 2003 – 2004) 
Head Coach National Team, Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board (2001 – 2003)

Bio

Philip Verant “Phil” Simmons is a Trinidadian cricket coach and former all-rounder. He is the current coach of the West Indies men’s cricket team, having been appointed to this role in 2019.

Simmons played cricket for a number of first-class sides in the West Indies and England as well as international cricket for the West Indies cricket team. He was voted a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1997. 

Shortly after Simmons’ retirement, he embarked on his coaching career which has continued consistently over a decade. Previously, Simmons was the Head Coach of numerous national cricket teams such as: the Zimbabwe Cricket Team, the Afghanistan National Cricket Team, the Ireland National Cricket Team and others.

Among his highlights as a coach: In 2016, he led the West Indies team to a historic second T20 World Cup victory in India. At the time the former top ranking cricket team was in a period of significant struggles, and Simmons was tasked with bringing the team from near the bottom of the top ten rankings and back into prominence, which he did successfully.

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