Phil Simmons steps down as West Indies' head coach, calls crew's T20 World Cup exit 'unfathomable'

Phil Simmons. (Photograph by Ryan Pierse/Getty Pictures)

After West Indies’ disappointing exit from ICC Males’s T20 World Cup 2022, head coach Phil Simmons has determined to step down from his function and name it quits. West Indies was one of many eight groups that have been part of the first-round video games of the event. So as to make means into the Tremendous 12, a crew needed to end at both the primary or second place of their group’s factors desk, and West Indies failed to do this.

West Indies was positioned alongside Scotland, Eire, and Zimbabwe. The Caribbean aspect confronted an upset within the first fixture towards Scotland however bounced again to win the competition towards Zimbabwe. Of their remaining fixture towards Eire, which was a must-win recreation for them, they have been handed one other defeat which landed them within the bottom-most place of the factors desk, and consequently, they crashed out of the event.

“I acknowledge that it isn’t simply the crew that’s hurting however the proud nations we signify as effectively. It is disappointing and heart-wrenching however we simply did not flip up. We weren’t adequate and we now have to look at a event play out with out our involvement. It is unfathomable and for that, I deeply apologize to our followers and followers,” stated Simmons in his assertion.

“From a private perspective this isn’t a knee-jerk response, however a transfer I’ve been contemplating for a while, and 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 sequence towards 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 crew has made. After all, because the President has identified, we may also perform the mandatory overview into our World Cup marketing campaign,” he added.

After West Indies’ exit, Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Ricky Skerritt had revealed that there could be a radical autopsy of the crew’s deeply disappointing exit. It got here as a shock to many when the crew didn’t qualify for the Tremendous 12, on condition that they’ve been two-time T20 World Cup champions, the one crew to have gained the coveted cup twice.

“I need to say I’ve loved facets 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 consider will proceed to work in the very best pursuits of West Indies cricket,” Simmons concluded.

He introduced priceless expertise and stability: Ricky Skerritt

Simmons will finish his stint as the pinnacle coach after West Indies’ Take a look at schedule towards Australia. Beneath Simmons, the Take a look at aspect has accomplished effectively this yr and has bagged wins over England and Bangladesh. However their efficiency in white-ball cricket has not been very promising. They’ve skilled early elimination from the final two World Cups, having misplaced two out of three video games in Australia final week and 4 out of 5 in 2021.

“On behalf of CWI, I need to thank Phil for his arduous work and dedication to West Indies cricket, most just 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 priceless expertise and stability at a vital interval of transformation, together with essentially the most difficult atmosphere of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want him all the very best in his future endeavors,” stated CWI president Ricky Skerritt.