Phil Simmons will step down as the West Indies head coach following the team’s disastrous T20 World Cup campaign, CWI confirmed on Monday (October 24). Simmons’ final assignment will be the two-match Test series in Australia that kicks off on November 30.
The main reason for that was the fact that the West Indies team had to eliminate the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia in the first round, as well as the West Indies team’s failure to perform in the last few tournaments.
In this regard, Simmons said that the West Indies fans had to watch the Twenty20 World Cup this year without the West Indies and apologized profusely to the fans and followers for that.
“I acknowledge that it’s not just the team that is hurting but the proud nations we represent as well. It’s disappointing and heart-wrenching but we just didn’t turn up. We weren’t good enough and we now have to watch a tournament play out without our involvement. It’s unfathomable and for that I deeply apologize to our fans and followers.”
Also, Mr. Phil Simmons said that his departure from his coaching position is a move he has been considering for some time, but it will happen sooner than expected.
“From a personal perspective this is not a knee-jerk reaction, but a move I have been considering for some time and now is the time to make public that I will step down as West Indies Head Coach at the end of the Test series against Australia.”
“It is earlier than hoped for, 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 has pointed out, we will also carry out the necessary review into our World Cup campaign.”
Mr. Phil Simmons, West Indies head coach, commented further,
“I must say I have enjoyed aspects of the unique challenge that being West Indies Head Coach provides and the unwavering support of my Management Team. There remain some exceptional individuals within CWI who I firmly believe will continue to work in the best interests of West Indies cricket.”
CWI president Ricky Skerritt also thanked Simmons for his hard work and dedication to West Indies cricket, saying he had brought valuable experience and stability during a challenging past.
“On behalf of CWI I want to thank Phil for his hard work and dedication to West Indies cricket, most recently in his role as Head Coach. Phil is a proud West Indian, with high ideals and has never lacked motivation in guiding our younger players on and off the field of play.”
“He brought valuable experience and stability at a very important period of transformation, including the most challenging environment of the COVID-19 pandemic. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
In 2016, Simmons was at the helm when the West Indies won their second ICC Men’s T20 World Cup by defeating England at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Earlier this year, he guided the team’s fortunes in their 1-0 Test series win at home against England to clinch the Richards-Botham Trophy and a Test series win on their last tour against Bangladesh in June.
The first Test against Australia will begin on November 30 in Perth before the teams move to Adelaide for the second and final Test, which will get underway on December 8.