Team India coach selection: Phil Simmons drops out

The former West Indies captain was supposed to take the interview along with Shastri via Skype.

Phil Simmons had previously coached Ireland, the West Indies and Afghanistan.   -  K. Murali Kumar

West Indies' Phil Simmons has dropped out of the interview process.

The former West Indies captain was supposed to take the interview along with Shastri via Skype. But now, it has been learned that he has opted out citing personal reasons.

Simmons had previously coached Ireland, the West Indies and Afghanistan having led the Caribbean nation to World T20 success in 2016.

He coached Afghanistan into the 10-team 2019 World Cup by defeating the West Indies in the World Cup qualifiers.

When contacted by Sportstar, Simmons refused to comment on the issue. However, top BCCI officials told this publication that the West Indies cricketer informed them about his unavailability on Thursday. “We received an intimation that he won’t be part of the process and we informed the same to the Cricket Advisory Committee,” the official said.

Even though Simmons applied for the role of India’s head coach, he is also in contention for coaching roles in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Now with him dropping out, there are speculations that he might have got some other offers.

Interestingly, in 2017 too, Simmons was shortlisted for India’s head coach job, but he opted out of the interview process and later joined Afghanistan as the head coach.