After the West Indies were knocked out of the Twenty20 World Cup tournament so quickly, head coach Phil Simmons has decided to step down from his position, as the team has announced.
Simmons is going to leave the Windies after the conclusion of their two-test series against Australia, which will take place between November 30 and December 12.
Due to the fact that they were defeated by Ireland and Scotland in two of their three group matches, the West Indies were unable to advance to the Super 12s stage of the World Cup, which was held in Australia.
The West Indies’ performance in their final match summed up their performance throughout the tournament. Despite having the potential to have a powerful batting attack, the team made only 5-146 from their 20 overs against Ireland. The team then allowed Ireland to take control of the powerplay, which resulted in the Irish cruising to a 73-run opening partnership between Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie at a rate of 10 runs per over, which set them up for an easy victory. Since the first World Cup, which was held in South Africa in 2007, this is the earliest that the Windies have been eliminated from the competition.
“I acknowledge that it is not just the team that is hurting, but also the proud nations we represent,” Simmons said.
“It’s disappointing and heartbreaking to say the least, but we simply did not show up.
Because we weren’t good enough, we had to be eliminated from the tournament, and now we have to watch it without taking part. It is incomprehensible, and I want to express my sincere regret to all of our supporters and admirers.
In 2019, Simmons resumed his role as captain of the West Indies for the second time in his career. The team won the world T20 championship in 2016, which was his first year as captain.
Beginning at the tail end of November, the first Test match between West Indies and Australia will take place in Perth. After that, the teams will move on to Adelaide for the second match of the series.