Phil Simmons to step down as Afghanistan coach after World Cup 2019
Afghanistan head coach Phil Simmons will step down from his role following the 2019 cricket World Cup in England and Wales which is scheduled to end on July.
Simmons was appointed as batting coach of Afghanistan at the start of 2017 and later on was appointed as the head coach in the same year. He said that it is the proper time to look elsewhere as he achieved his main goal- to help Afghanistan reach the World Cup.
The former West Indies opener confirmed his decision to Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Saturday. His contract was supposed to be extended after Afghanistan’s recent success including the tournament win beating West indies in all important World Cup Qualifier.
“I have contemplated it and I have really given the ACB my notice that I won’t renew my contract again,” the 2016 T20 World Cup winner former West Indies coach said. “I will proceed onward to something other than what’s expected once my contract expires on July 15.
“I joined initially for year and a half and I think I have completed a ton in this period. It is the ideal opportunity for me to proceed onward to something different at this point. To need to get to the World Cup – that was ACB’s objective at the time they delegated me. My objective is dependably to leave things superior to anything when I joined: the manner in which we practice, the manner in which we consider the game, the manner in which we evaluate different teams. I’ve tried to help the players in all those areas.”
Afghanistan will start this year’s World Cup tournament against Australia on June 2 in Bristol.