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Simmons will be in rival camp when Irish tour India

Former Ireland coach Phil Simmons will be in India next month for the nine-match series against Afghanistan - as consultant coach with the Afghans.

The West Indian, who masterminded Ireland's rise to No.1 Associate nation, culminating in a hat-trick of trophies in 2013, quit after seven years in charge after the 2015 World Cup to take over as coach of the Test nation.

However, despite leading the West Indies to the World Twenty20 title last year, that "dream appointment" lasted only 19 months into his three-year contract, sacked over "differences in culture and strategic approach".

Simmons was an ICC consultant at last month's Desert T20 tournament - available to all eight teams - and Afghanistan made their move.

A statement announcing his appointment read: "The ACB management considers Simmons' appointment a valuable step in players' capacity development. His appointment will have a great impact on team performance."

He is sure to have an immediate impact because of his vast knowledge of the Ireland players. Of the 19 players involved, Simmons gave debuts to eight and selected 16 of them.

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