Phil Simmons returns as the new West Indies coach after being unceremoniously sacked from the post three years ago.
Cricket West Indies confirmed the appointment of Simmons for a four-year stint, which is expected to encompass the next edition of the ICC World Cup.
Simmons was chosen ahead of Desmond Haynes and interim head coach Floyd Reifer – the other two shortlisted candidates for the job.
The former West Indies all-rounder recently ended his coaching tenure with Afghanistan following their disastrous World Cup campaign plagued with controversies.
He then coached the Jason Holder-led Barbados Tridents to the Caribbean Premier League title two days ago.
Earlier, Simmons led West Indies to their second World T20 title in 2016 as the side's head coach but was dismissed from the position under contentious circumstances following a tussle with the board.
He also served as Ireland's head coach from 2007 to 2015, aiding in their rise from an Associate nation to acquiring Test status in 2017.
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Reacting to the selection of Simmons, CWI President Ricky Skerritt said: “Bringing Phil Simmons back is not just correcting a past wrong, but I am confident that CWI has chosen the right man for the job at the right time. I want to also thank the very talented Floyd Reifer for the hard work he put in while he was the interim coach.”
Reifer had been filling in the vacant head coach role since CWI parted ways with Richard Pybus in April.
The decision to appoint a West Indian for the head coach position was made by the board before they began their recruitment process.
“I am happy, after a very robust recruitment process at the appointment of Phil to the role of Head Coach. I have no doubt that Phil brings the requisite leadership skills and experience needed to drive improvement across our international squads and I look forward to supporting him in the role," CWI’s Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams said.
Simmons' first assignment in charge of West Indies will be the all-formats series against Afghanistan in India next month.
The six limited-overs fixtures against Afghanistan preceding the one-off Test match will also be Kieron Pollard's first series as the new Caribbean white-ball skipper.
Moreover, CWI has revamped the selection policies and introduced three separate panels – Men's, Women's and Girls', and Boys' Selection Panel.
The West Indies Men's Selection Panel will be led by Roger Harper and also includes Miles Bascombe.