Simmons to quit as Afghanistan coach after World Cup

KABUL: Former West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons will step down as Afghanistan coach after the cricket World Cup, saying his objective had been reached by taking the minnows to the 50-over showpiece.

Simmons, who took over in December 2017, mentioned he is not going to renew his contract after the World Cup in England and Wales.

“I’ve thought of it and I’ve truly given the ACB (Afghanistan Cricket Board) my discover that I can’t be renewing my contract,” Simmons advised ESPNcricinfo.

“I’ll transfer on to one thing completely different as soon as my contract expires on July 15.”

With Simmons as a coach, the war-torn nation clinched a berth within the 10-team World Cup after beating West Indies within the remaining of a qualifying match final yr.

Simmons additionally guided Afghanistan of their debut in Check cricket in India final yr. They beat Eire to register their first Check win in March.

“I signed up initially for 18 months and I feel I’ve completed rather a lot on this interval. It’s time for me to maneuver on to one thing else now. To need to get to the World Cup — that was ACB’s objective on the time they appointed me,” mentioned the 56-year-old Simmons.

“My objective is all the time to go away issues higher than once I joined: the way in which we practise, the way in which we take into consideration the sport, the way in which we assess different groups. I’ve tried to assist the gamers in all these areas.”

Simmons’ choice to give up comes in the back of the ACB’s controversial change within the aspect’s management, which introduced an finish to Asghar Afghan’s four-year captaincy stint throughout all codecs.

Gulbadin Naib was appointed ODI captain, whereas Rahmat Shah and Rashid Khan had been put answerable for the Check and T20I groups respectively.

Simmons mentioned that he had not been consulted about by the ACB and the nationwide choice committee.

“No, I used to be not conscious of it. I used to be not given any causes. It was the choice of the Afghanistan Cricket Board and the selectors,” Simmons mentioned.

“How can I take it? I can’t change it. So, I’ve to simply get on with what I’ve to do and ensure the squad is making ready in the identical manner I wished them to arrange barring the (captaincy) change.”

Afghanistan will start their World Cup marketing campaign towards defending champions Australia on June 1.

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