Phil Simmons sacked as West Indies coach

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 13:15

West Indies coach Phil Simmons has been sacked after a string of poor performances by the West Indies in Tests.

A report carried by says he was informed about the termination of his contract on Tuesday.

An all-rounder with an experience of 26 Tests and 143 ODIs, Simmons played international cricket for West Indies from 1987 to 1999.

Post his playing career, he ventured into coaching, and was appointed the head coach of the Zimbabwean cricket team in 2004.

Financial and administrative problems led to his controversial sacking in August 2005.

He then moved to Ireland, succeeding Adrian Birrell as the head coach of the national side.

He accepted an offer to take over the coaching reins of West Indies post the 2015 World Cup.

Although the team won the World T20 this year, the Test side has been plagued by a continual poor run of form, as well as regular run-ins of the players with the West Indies Cricket Board.

The West Indies side is scheduled to play two T20Is and three ODIs against the UAE.

Incidentally, Simmons was shown the door on the day the side was supposed to depart for the series.

Although there has been no confirmation of the identity of his replacement, names such as Jimmy Adams and Richard Pybus are doing the rounds.

Adams is currently the head of the Kent County Cricket Club, whereas Pybus is the current director of cricket.