West Indies team is facing what seems like the worst phase in the T20 format. The two-time champion team exited the current T20 World Cup from only the first round. Indies who used to dominate the finals of the marquee tournament earlier are now finding it difficult to qualify par the first round. West Indies lost to Scotland and Ireland to return home from Australia early than expected, not entering the Super 12 stage.
Taking this exit as a final call, Phil Simmons, their head coach has decided to resign from his post. Simmons quotes this performance by the team as “unfathomable”. And while his decision isn’t solely based on the latest exit from World Cup, their first-round exit caused Simmons to undertake the step he was mulling over for a long time. Simmons in his statement expressed that he’ll leave the post after wrapping up the test series clash against Australia.
Phil Simmons Resigns As The Head Coach of West Indies
“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,” Simmons said in his statement.
“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,” he further elaborated.