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Phil Simmons Goes To Afghanistan For Cricket Consultancy Job

If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain.

The quotation in the foregoing arises from the story of Muhammad, as retold by Francis Bacon, in Essays, 1625.

According to, the popular quote means, “If one’s will does not prevail, one must submit to an alternative.”

This must have been the thinking of the former West Indies and Ireland coach Phil Verant Simmons when he decided to accept the role of consultant with Afghanistan Cricket Board.

The 53-year-old former coach was relieved recently of his position as coach of the West Indies cricket team.

This comes against a six-year successful stint as the head coach of Ireland.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board has reportedly disclosed that Simmons would assist head coach Lalchand Rajput on technical issues.

Ireland will play Afghanistan in five One Day Internationals and three T20 games., beginning in March.

Under Simmons, Ireland qualified for the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, achieving wins over test nations England, West Indies and Zimbabwe.

However, Simmons had mixed results serving as Windies’ head coach. He earned bragging rights serving as the coach when the Windies won the second ICC T20 World Cup in 2016.

The Windies recently appointed ex-Australia batsman Stuart Law as Simmons’ replacement.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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