Afghanistan bring in Simmons as coaching consultant

“His expertise will greatly favour us, as he has coached all three teams we are playing against”

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Afghanistan have appointed former West Indies head coach Phil Simmons as a consultant for their next three series against Zimbabwe, Ireland and the West Indies.

Simmons, who also coached Ireland prior to his stint with the West Indies, will assist Afghanistan head coach Lalchand Rajput.

Afghanistan will travel to Zimbabwe for a five-match ODI series that begins on February 16. They will then host Ireland in Greater Noida, India, next month. After that, they are scheduled to tour the Caribbean in June.

“He will be working with the team as a consulting coach,” Afghanistan Cricket Board (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 was sacked as the West Indies’ coach last September, which was just six months after he led them to glory at the 2016 World Twenty20. In fact, the West Indies made history at the event as they became the first team in history to win the tournament twice.

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