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Phil Simmons quits as West Indies coach after ‘unfathomable’ World Cup exit


Phil Simmons has resigned as West Indies coach after his workforce crashed out within the first spherical of the T20 World Cup in Australia, an consequence he described as “unfathomable”.
West Indies have been eradicated after ending backside of their group in Hobart, beating Zimbabwe of their second sport however dropping to Scotland and Eire both facet.

“I acknowledge that it is not simply the workforce that’s hurting however the proud nations we signify as nicely,” Simmons mentioned in a press release launched by CWI on Monday evening. “It is disappointing and heart-wrenching however we simply did not flip up.

“We weren’t adequate and we now have to observe a match play-out with out our involvement. It is unfathomable and for that I deeply apologise to our followers and followers.”

Simmons’ second spell within the job began in October 2019, after an preliminary 18-month tenure wherein he helped steer West Indies to the 2016 T20 World Cup, uniting a squad of massive personalities and inspiring a pioneering batting strategy centered on six-hitting.

The Take a look at workforce’s outcomes have progressively improved throughout that point, with collection wins over England and Bangladesh earlier this 12 months. However T20Is have been a unique story they usually have suffered early exits on the final two World Cups, dropping 4 video games out of 5 in 2021 and two out of three in Australia final week.

Simmons will stay in cost for the upcoming two-Take a look at collection in opposition to Australia, which begins on November 30 at Optus Stadium in Perth. He mentioned that he would additionally take part in CWI’s postmortem into the World Cup exit.

Simmons added that he had been contemplating his place earlier than the match. “From a private perspective this isn’t a knee-jerk response, however a transfer I’ve been contemplating for a while, he mentioned. “Now’s the time to make public that I’ll step down as West Indies head coach on the finish of the Take a look at collection in opposition to Australia.

“It’s sooner than hoped for, however I’ll now focus my energies in Australia on persevering with to construct on the wonderful progress the Take a look at workforce has made. After all, because the president has identified, we may also perform the required evaluation into our World Cup marketing campaign.

“I need to say I’ve loved features of the distinctive problem that being West Indies head coach gives and the unwavering assist of my administration workforce. There stay some distinctive people inside CWI who I firmly imagine will proceed to work in the most effective pursuits of West Indies cricket.”

Ricky Skerritt, the president of CWI, mentioned: “On behalf of CWI, I need to thank Phil for his arduous work and dedication to West Indies cricket, most lately in his function as head coach. Phil is a proud West Indian, with excessive beliefs and has by no means lacked motivation in guiding our youthful gamers on and off the sector of play.

“He introduced useful expertise and stability at a vital interval of transformation, together with essentially the most difficult surroundings of the Covid-19 pandemic. We want him all the most effective in his future endeavors.”


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