LONDON (CMC):Former West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, has been appointed technical consultant to the Afghanistan national side.The 53-year-old, who played 26 Tests and 143 One-Day Internationals for West Indies, will assist current head coach Lalchand Rajput.”Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) management considers Simmons’ appointment a valuable step in players’ capacity development,” an ACB statement said. “His appointment will have a great impact on team performance.”Simmons was sacked as West Indies coach last September, five months after overseeing the side’s capture of an unprecedented second Twenty20 World Cup in India.He is a former Ireland head coach and spent six years in the role before leaving in 2015 to take charge of West Indies.The first assignment for Trinidadian Simmons will be to help oversee Afghanistan’s preparation for a series against Ireland in Greater Noida comprising five One-Day Internationals, three Twenty20s and a four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup fixture.Simmons will then face another of his former teams when the Afghans take on West Indies in five ODIs and three T20s in June in the Caribbean.
Star Cruises, the leading cruise line in the Asia Pacific, announced today that its flagship vessel, SuperStar Virgo, will embark on an epic 48 day voyage, visiting a number of exotic ports throughout Southeast Asia and Australia. Scheduled to set sail on 13 November 2015 from Hong Kong, SuperStar Virgo will take advantage of summer in the southern waters before returning on 31 December 2015.“As a pioneer in the Asia Pacific cruise industry, we have seen the appetite for longer cruise itineraries grow in popularity with our Asian and Australian cruisers in recent years and have responded by offering larger scale journeys for our guests,” said Mr. Braydon Holland, Vice President, Sales, Star Cruises. “We are thrilled to have Australia play such an important role in this inaugural itinerary with more than half the schedule showcasing some of her best cities. Marking her first visit back downunder in 10 years, we want to reacquaint Australia’s seasoned cruisers with our flagship SuperStar Virgo and our acclaimed Asian hospitality again.”In addition to local Australian destinations, passengers aboard SuperStar Virgo will be able to visit favourite locales as Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam with stops in over 20 ports including Bali, Bangkok, Jakarta, Krakatoa, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore and more during the full 48 day tour.For those without the luxury of time, the voyage can also be broken up into various shorter segments such as Hong Kong/Singapore/Fremantle, or Fremantle/Sydney via Adelaide, Melbourne and Tasmania, or Sydney/Hong Kong, to provide even more holiday choices.Whichever itinerary chosen, guests will have the opportunity to savour the myriad flavours, sights and sounds of the region though exciting land excursion experiences during this exceptional voyage of discovery.Operating in the Asia Pacific since 1993, Star Cruises also has the experience to deliver the best “home away from home” environment on board SuperStar Virgo.Guests can indulge in an extensive selection of dining, retail, and lifestyle facilities to satisfy their every need. With over 13 restaurants and bars serving Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Indian, local and international cuisines and beverages, culinary highlights will include special, local signature dishes skillfully prepared by award-winning chefs to reflect the multi-cultural bounty of the various destinations dotting the itinerary.A variety of entertainment, leisure, recreation and retail options will also provide guests with a rich assortment of activities to enhance their journey across the open waters.Accommodation options on board SuperStar Virgo range from a dazzling selection of premium suites to staterooms with balconies and ocean views, and budget friendly inside cabins – all spaciously laid out and furnished to offer total comfort with a touch of elegance and luxury.Star Cruises Source = Star Cruises