West Indies news March 20, 2015

Simmons leaves Ireland for West Indies

ESPNcricinfo staff

Phil Simmons will leave his role as Ireland coach to become the new head coach of West Indies following the World Cup. Simmons, from Trinidad, enjoyed success in his eight years with Ireland and leaves them as the leading Associate nation.

Simmons, 51, played 26 Tests and 143 ODIs for West Indies between 1987 and 1999. He has signed a three-year deal with West Indies and is tasked with turning their fortunes around after a period of significant disappointment and political wrangling. His first assignment is a home Test series against England next month.

"Phil has a proven ability to develop players, while cultivating great team spirit and a winning culture," WICB chief executive Michael Muirhead said. "We have a number of young, talented players about whom he is excited to be coaching and we believe he is the right fit."

Simmons helped Ireland's standing in world cricket grow since he took charge in April 2007. His tenure included 224 matches, making him the longest serving coach in international cricket. During that time, Ireland won 11 trophies and qualified for every major ICC event, beating West Indies and England at the last two World Cups.

"I've had eight wonderful years as Ireland's head coach, and will always cherish the memories of those great days we've shared," Simmons said. "The wins in the World Cups over Full Members were all special as we showed the world just what Irish cricket is capable of.

"It was a very difficult decision to leave, but I couldn't turn down the opportunity to coach my home team. They're going through a difficult period at the moment, but I'm confident I can help to improve their fortunes."

Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom added: "Everyone will miss Phil Simmons. His warmth and strength of values endeared him to everyone. Over the last eight years, Phil has overseen our qualification for every major ICC event, identifying our best young talent, developing our players in skill-levels and self-belief, and producing a series of results that means every team in the world takes us seriously.

"As Phil has contributed to us, so we are proud to have helped him develop his career to the point that he can now pursue his dream of coaching his home team. He leaves with nothing other than our very best wishes."

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  • Android on March 31, 2015, 14:32 GMT

    This is the west Indies squad compare S Benn,Bishoo,Blackwood,K Braithwaite,C Braithwaite,Dar Bravo,S Chanderpaul,S Cottrell,M Cummings,S.Dowrich,S Gabriel,J Holder S Hope,L Johnson,V Permaul,Denish Ramdin,K Roach,M Samuels,Devon Smith,J Taylor as i said earlier compare going forward for the future

  • Android on March 30, 2015, 19:23 GMT

    my squad for Mr Simmons 1K Braithwaite,J Blackwood,Dar Bravo,Leon Johnson,Marlon Samuels,Jason Mohammed, S Dow rich,Denish Ramdin,Rakheem Cornwall,Damion Jacobs,J Carter,D Bishoo,J Taylor,Ransford Beaton ,Sheldon Cottrell,Jason Holder,Carlos Braithwaite,Shannon Gabriel,Kemar Roach,V permaul

  • Ali on March 24, 2015, 17:42 GMT


    "out" Rhamdin ? the best ODI wicket keeper in the history of WI cricket ?

    check your facts man.. Rhamdin has out performed even Du Jon! check your facts ...

    and replace him with who ?

    Dworitch and Johnson can BAT ..... but their keeping is not very good at all ....

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2015, 15:55 GMT

    Welcome Mr Simmons, I am truly hoping that you don't end up like the last set of coaches. I hope your agreement give you a lot of authority to influence the selection of the team by removing mediocre players and myopic players. I beg of you let performance, hard work, team focus, and total self-discipline be the only criteria for performance.

    I will pray for you sir!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2015, 21:23 GMT

    I know that Simmons has been looking at the West Indies team from afar.He has seen the errors of the one he is replacing who I can never refer to as a coach. It is still going to be a challenge dealing with wealthy gold chains dangling,diamond earings,and shades at the back of the head or on top never on their eyes cricketers. West Indies cricketers have won the fashion brigade hands down.Then there is the question of attitude.If Samuels played with a little more urgency and not with the seemingly weight of the world on his shoulders we may be still in it. Good luck Phill, I am rooting for you

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2015, 13:01 GMT

    Alot of credit must go to Simmons for Ireland's progression over the years. If he can get WI players to show the kind of commitment, professionalism and discipline that the Irish maximised in their game, then the Windies would've already taken a giant step forward. But getting some of those individuals to band together as a cohesive unit on a consistent basis will be tough to achieve. With a new Captain at ODI and now a new Coach, the next generation of West Indies cricket is now upon us and now is the time to give the opportunity of some new blood who have shown some promising signs at domestic level and for the tried and tested names, who haven't got a retainer contract to make way for players whose top priority is to represent the Caribbean nation as one.

  • Dummy4 on March 22, 2015, 12:21 GMT

    Akoben - Let's remember that Coach Simmons new job is the Head Coach of the West Indies not Trinidad and Tobago. There is a lot of talent in the WI. so let's give new opportunities to new players

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2015, 17:47 GMT

    Phil and the WI's approach to developing the team must be as if the WI is an associate because we're not much better (if at all) than Ireland. Our FC cricket is in a pitiful state and the agreement between the WICB and the players which promised greater avenues for the regional players to be professional has shattered so that needs to be restored. We can't expect young players across the region to develop as pros if they're not actually pros. When players do get selected to the WI teams for the first time they're not yet ready for Int'l cricket so we need to have assistant coaches/consultants who can teach technique as well as tactics. It's not all been mental why the WI have been loosing; the players are just not being exposed to FC cricket of a good enough quality to prepare them for Int'l cricket. I only hope Phil is not going to be made to rue the day he decided to leave an up and coming team like IRE...

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2015, 15:48 GMT

    Since Bangladesh has threatened to quit ICC, we should replace it with Ireland as ireland has played better

  • elizabeth on March 21, 2015, 13:45 GMT

    Phil was successful in Ireland because he coached people who listened. WI administrators and players need to do the same. Put all nonsense aside and think of moving WI cricket forward only. Good luck Phil.

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