Afghanistan news February 3, 2017

Afghanistan appoint Simmons as consultant

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Phil Simmons was part of West Indies' set-up when they won the 2016 World T20 © WICB Media Photo/Philip Spooner

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has roped in former West Indies coach Phil Simmons as consultant for the next three series, against Zimbabwe, Ireland and West Indies. According to the ACB, he will assist head coach Lalchand Rajput on technical issues.

Afghanistan's tour of Zimbabwe starts on February 16 in Harare and includes five ODIs, before they host Ireland in Greater Noida, India, in March. Afghanistan are scheduled to visit the Caribbean in June.

"He will be working with the team as a consulting coach," ACB chief executive officer Shafiq Stanikzai told ESPNcricinfo. "His expertise will greatly favour us, as he has coached all three teams we are playing against. His appointment is a valuable step in our players' road to development."

Simmons, 53, was removed last September by the WICB, just six months after coaching West Indies to the World T20 title, due to "differences in culture and strategic approach". He had a successful stint with Ireland before that; in his eight years in charge of the team, they won 11 trophies and qualified for every major ICC event. In the mid-2000s, he had worked with Zimbabwe. An allrounder, Simmons had played 26 Tests and 143 ODIs for West Indies between 1987 and 1999.

After he was relieved of the West Indies coaching job, Simmons was appointed head coach of St Kitts & Nevis Patriots for the 2017 edition of the Caribbean Premier League. He was recently in the UAE for the duration of the Desert T20 Challenge, which Afghanistan won after defeating Ireland by 10 wickets in the final. It is understood that Simmons was attending the tournament on behalf of the ICC Development Programme, offering his services as a coaching consultant to each of the eight Associate teams present.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Cricinfouser on February 4, 2017, 11:47 GMT

    I wish Simmons well, but a brain numbing succession of meaningless ODIs, Afghanistan really need to schedule three & four day first class matches especially in view of their, one hopes, imminent elevation to test status.

  • Muhammad Rasool on February 4, 2017, 11:22 GMT

    God given gift??? when you try to learn but there is no one to teach you just ask honestly from your lord your lord will always give you, the question is, is the equation SIMMONS= INZAMAM-UL-HAQ prove with a little from lal chand contribution

  • Zahirshah Haidari on February 4, 2017, 8:25 GMT

    good decision from ACB, I hope Simmons help them against these three nations especially against WI.

  • Mustafa Sarwari on February 4, 2017, 5:14 GMT

    Phil Simmons is experienced man in world of cricket who was great Coach for WI but was fired for any reason WI had but i think he will help 100% to Afghanistan team to develop and make Afghanistan team a modern cricketers as Afghan team have full potential & talent so good luck Afghanistan team

  • akash.9556123 on February 4, 2017, 3:27 GMT

    that is very good for Afghanistan Cricket good Luck

  • Tracey on February 4, 2017, 3:18 GMT

    Simmonds will do very well for three good reasons (1) He has a point to prove to WICB (2) He will be treated with Respect (3) He will be working with a professional organization. By the way, it will be an 'Acid Test' for new boy 'Stuart Law'. I am already relishing this showdown "Windies vs Afghanistan".

  • zahidn9703552 on February 4, 2017, 3:00 GMT

    afghaistan should be given a test status

  • jaswant on February 4, 2017, 1:06 GMT

    Being a consultant is a major role. We must reflect back to WI cricket and see how well Simmons performed as a coach. Was he without controversies? Did he interfered between players and management ? Why was he fired? Grade him on the findings of these questions and then decide his eligibility.

  • rajeev9986700 on February 3, 2017, 16:40 GMT

    Phil Simmons experience and expertise will definitely help Afghanistan to scale greater heights . Afghanistan has a great bunch of cricketers and they just need proper coaching.

  • Virendra on February 3, 2017, 15:34 GMT

    no body would have thought this could also happen.

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