Coaching casualty: Veteran West Indies coach to retire
News from the West Indies
The fallout from West Indies’ disappointing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign began with the news that head coach Phil Simmons will step down from his post at the end of the year.
Simmons has been in charge of the West Indies for two separate spells since 2015 and was at the helm when he guided the Caribbean side to their second T20 World Cup title at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2016.
The ongoing T20 World Cup in Australia has been disappointing for the West Indies, with Simmons guiding the side to just one win from three matches as they crashed out of the tournament in the first round.
It means Simmons will finish at the end of the year, with the 59-year-old retiring after the West Indies’ two-match Test series in Australia in early December.
Simmons said the decision was not just because of West Indies’ efforts in the T20 World Cup and that he had been thinking about the move for some time.
“I admit it hurts not just the team, but the proud nations we represent,” Simmons said.
“It’s disappointing and heartbreaking, but we just didn’t turn up.”
“We were not good enough and now we have to watch the game without our participation.”
“It is unfathomable and for that I deeply apologize to our fans and followers.”
“From a personal perspective, this is not a knee-jerk reaction, but a move that I have been thinking about for some time and now is the time to publicly announce that I will be stepping down as West Indies head coach at the end of the Test series against Australia.” .
“It is earlier than expected, but I will now focus my energies in Australia on continuing to build on the excellent progress the Test team has made.”
“Of course, as the president pointed out, we will also carry out the necessary review of our World Cup campaign.”
West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 31 runs for their only win in the ongoing T20 World Cup, with defeats to Scotland and Ireland to finish fourth in Group B.