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Afghanistan names Windies Semions as head coach

Afghanistan names Windies Semions as head coach

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Dec 31, 2017 - 16:56

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Sunday announced appointing former West Indies all-rounder Phil Semions as the national side’s head coach.

Simmons replaces Lalchand Rajput who had left the position vacant, having served only three months

Simmons has previously coached Ireland and Windies and had been also interviewed for the position of Bangladesh.

The 54-year-old, who retired in 2002, will coach Afghanistan in the lead up to the two-match T20I series against Zimbabwe, followed by a five-match ODI series, in Sharjah.

Afghanistan will then head to Zimbabwe to take part in the World Cup Qualifiers in March. Sometime later in the year they are likely to play their first ever Test, against India.

Addressing reporters in Kabul ACB Chairman Atif Mashal and Executive Director Shafitullah Stanikzai announced Semions appointment as the head coach. Semions last played against Australia in 1999.

A right hand fast bowler, Semions scored 3,675 runs and took 83 wickets in ODI career. He played 143 One Day International (ODI) and 83 Test matches for West Indies.

The ACB officials told reporters the national team would play several matches against top world’s teams in 2018. Stanikzai said the outgoing year had been successful despite some challenges. He added Afghanistan won series against Zimbabwe, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) but lost to Ireland.

He also said foundation stones of international standard grounds had been lied in Nangarhar, Laghman, Paktia, Kunduz and other provinces. Work on these grounds would be accelerated in 2018.

He said in the past Afghanistan had not been part of ICC decision making board, but now the country had achieved that important position. Stanikzai said he would be participating in ICC executive directors meeting.

The Under-19 side would be taking part in the World Cup and play against India and the Afghanistan- A team would face South Africa and Sri Lank and India A teams and would play against Bangladesh, he said.  He said talks with these teams were going on, some countries had agreed and others would agree.

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