Simmons to work with Afghanistan

first_imgLONDON (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.last_img read more

Why would Pardew leave Newcastle for Palace? Former Mapgies star stunned by ‘backwards move’

first_imgKeith Gillespie says he is stunned by Alan Pardew’s decision to quit Newcastle for Crystal Palace.Pardew is ironing out contract details with the Eagles after agreeing to leave St James’ Park to take over the Premier League strugglers.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, former Magpies ace Gillespie said: “Newcastle is a massive job and Alan Pardew is leaving a club who are sitting pretty in the top half to go to a team that are going to be fighting relegation.“No disrespect to Crystal Palace but Newcastle is a huge, huge club and I’m surprised someone would leave that to join a relegation-threatened team.”last_img read more