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Ex-Ireland coach Simmons axed by West Indies after winless run

By Ian Callender

Former Ireland coach Phil Simmons has been sacked as West Indies coach on the eve of the squad's departure for their Twenty20 and ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE.

Simmons was in London when he was informed yesterday, just before he was due to fly out to meet up with the squad.

It ends a turbulent relationship between Simmons and the West Indies Cricket Board following his appointment in March last year, immediately after he had taken Ireland to the World Cup finals, where he started with a victory over his home islands in Nelson, New Zealand.

Just six months into the job he was suspended for disagreeing with the selection of the squad to face Sri Lanka and it was only lifted on the condition that he publicly apologised.

Since then West Indies have failed to win a Test match, with his most recent a 2-0 series defeat to India.

After his success in an eight-year stay with Ireland, Simmons is unlikely to be out of work for too long although hopes that he will return to his former post can all but be discounted.

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