Phil Simmons, the 51-year-old former West Indies all-rounder is likely to be named West Indies Head Coach after their present limited overs and Test series against Bangladesh is completed next month in the Caribbean.
Born in Arima, Trinidad, the big-hitting Simmons scored one century in his 26 Tests and scored five tons in 143 ODIs and after his International career, which spanned from 1987 to 1999, Simmons was credited with moving Ireland’s cricket forward after being appointed their Head Coach after the 2007 World Cup.
He was the Coach of minnows Zimbabwe before losing the job in 2005 and a well placed source close the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) informed that once the former opening batsman, who collected 24 hundreds in 207-match First Class career, agrees to accept the position he should be given the job.
Once a few minor things are put in place at the WICB level, Simmons should be appointed since as of now he is clearly the front runner for the job. The source confirmed that Jamaica Tallawahs Coach Mickey Arthur, the former South Africa and later Australian Coach, was not a consideration for the job.
As a youngster on the 1988 West Indian tour of England, Simmons was hit on the head by fast bowler David Lawrence in fading light at Bristol: his heart stopped and he needed emergency brain surgery before making a full recovery.
Apart from the West Indies, Simmons represented Border, Durham, Easterns, Leicestershire, Trinidad & Tobago and Wales Minor Counties at various levels during his career which ended in 2002. (S. Devers)
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