After the departure of coach Chandika Hathurusingha, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) immediately began the search of a high profile coach. Richard Pybus and Phil Simmons were the first ones to show interest and also gave interview after coming to Bangladesh.
Pybus’ future is still on hold but former West Indies cricketer Simmons’ has been named as the Afghanistan coach. After his interview with the board, BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon informed that Simmons gave an interview of 40 minutes and the board liked him. But Simmons’ has now left no chance to bring him after his contract with the Afghanistan team.
After holding the top spot at Ireland for nearly eight years, Simmons returned to coach his native West Indies, a period that saw the team lifting its second World T20 trophy. Simmons’s first assignment as Afghanistan coach will the two-match T20I series against Zimbabwe, followed by a five-match ODI series.