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.
…threatened to bomb businessesThe Parika, East Bank Essequibo man who had been residing in Venezuela and who had threatened to bomb several stores in Guyana in a Facebook post was on Monday slapped with an inciting public terror charge.Shaim Wazir Nazir being escorted after his court appearanceShaim Wazir Nazir, 23, who at the time of making the post was living at Parika Backdam, stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.He denied that between June 1 and June 3, 2018 at Parika Backdam, with intent to cause public terror, he wrote in a Facebook post: “Essequibo belongs to Venezuela, I will bomb all of your stores one by one.”Nazir, who worked as a labourer and who returned to Guyana just six months ago, was remanded to prison. According to Chief Magistrate McLennan, the defendant was remanded in the name of public safety.The case will continue on June 26, 2018 at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court.Following the post, hundreds of Guyanese called for his arrest.
Ray Wilkins has hailed Chelsea’s capture of Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado, claiming the Colombian was ‘outstanding’ in last summer’s World Cup.The 26-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge for £23.3m on transfer deadline day, with the move partly funded by Andre Schurrle’s switch to Wolfsburg.And former assistant manager Wilkins believes the ex-Udinese man will be a hit at the south west London club.“Cuadrado was outstanding in the World Cup for Colombia and he’s been outstanding for Fiorentina,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “Hopefully he can bring that flair to a Chelsea side which is showing some good form this year.”