Former Windies cricketer Phil Simmons who is currently the head coach of the Afghanistan team is set to vacate his position after the upcoming World Cup. The 56-year-old former batting all-rounder said he has informed the Afghanistan Cricket Board about his decision as he has decided to explore something different after this stint. Simmons’ contract is getting expired on July 15, a day after the final of the World Cup is held at Lord’s.
Simmons took over as the coach of the promising side in December 2017 and said he had helped the board in achieving its goal of qualifying for the World Cup this year. Afghanistan made their World Cup debut in the 2015 edition held in Australia and New Zealand and ended up winning one close game against Scotland. They won the qualifying tournament beating teams like the West Indies and Zimbabwe to get the nod for participating in this WC.
I will not be renewing my contract: Phil Simmons
Simmons revealed that he has already thought about this decision a lot and is quite convinced. He mentioned that he has even sent a notice to the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), stating not to renew his contract. Simmons noted that he has contributed a lot in these 18 months duration of the tenure and now wants to move on.
“I have thought about it and I have actually given the ACB (Afghanistan Cricket Board) my notice that I will not be renewing my contract. I will move on to something different once my contract expires on July 15,” quoted Phil Simmons.
The former West Indian cricketer, who played in 26 Tests and 143 ODIs for his country in the late 1980s and 1990s, said his goal is always to leave things better than when he joined. He said he has tried to help Afghanistan in those areas during his stint.
“I signed up originally for 18 months and I think I have done a lot in this period. It is time for me to move on to something else now. To want to get to the World Cup – that was ACB’s goal at the time they appointed me,” Simmons added.