Head Coach of the West Windies Men’s team Phil Simmons will be stepping aside following the team’s first-round exit from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup being played in Australia.
In a letter to Cricket West Indies (CWI), Simmons said his decision was not a knee-jerk reaction, but a move he had been considering for some time.
“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,” he included in his letter to CWI.
He will step down as West Indies Head Coach at the end of the Test series against Australia running from November 30 to December 12, which is earlier than he had hoped for.
Simmons said he will now focus his energies in Australia on continuing to build on the excellent progress the Test team has made.
He is also expected to participate in a review of the Windies’ World Cup campaign.