West Indies men’s team head coach Phil Simmons has decided to step down from his role following the team’s shameful exit from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Monday (October 24) confirmed the development in a media release. The decision has come after the team’s dismal performance in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022. Notably, West Indies failed to qualify for the Super 12 stage which led to their earlier exit. 

Simmons’ last international assignment with the team will be the upcoming two-Test series against Australia from 30 November to 12 December.

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Speaking About His Resignation, Phil Simmons Said:

“I acknowledge that it’s not just the team that is hurting but the proud nations we represent as well. It’s disappointing and heart-wrenching but we just didn’t turn up. We weren’t good enough and we now have to watch a tournament play out without our involvement. It’s unfathomable and for that, I deeply apologise to our fans and followers. From a personal perspective this is not a knee-jerk reaction, but a move I have been considering for some time, and now is the time to make public that I will step down as West Indies Head Coach at the end of the Test series against Australia.

It is earlier than hoped for, but I will now focus my energies in Australia on continuing to build on the excellent progress the Test team has made. Of course, as the President has pointed out, we will also carry out the necessary review into our World Cup campaign. I must say I have enjoyed aspects of the unique challenge that being West Indies Head Coach provides and the unwavering support of my Management Team. There remain some exceptional individuals within CWI who I firmly believe will continue to work in the best interests of West Indies cricket.”

CWI Acknowledges Simmons’ Efforts

CWI President Ricky Skerritt thanked Simmons for his services to the board and the team.

“On behalf of CWI I want to thank Phil (Simmons) for his hard work and dedication to West Indies cricket, most recently in his role as Head Coach. Phil is a proud West Indian, with high ideals and has never lacked motivation in guiding our younger players on and off the field of play. He brought valuable experience and stability at a very important period of transformation, including the most challenging environment of the COVID-19 pandemic. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

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