All about the coaches of World Cup participating nations
With less than 10 days left for the mega event to commence, all the 10 participating teams in the ICC World Cup 2019 have fastened their belts, tighten their laces and are fully charged to fire in the competition.
But, as it is rightly said, an event like World Cup isn't a one man show. The emerging victorious team has to show a combined unity, staggering performances and team spirit amongst them. It is not an event where only the players but their coaching staffs, management and various other committees also are tested. Thus, coaches have an integral part in conditioning their team and guide them towards victory.
Let us have a look over the profile of all the 10 coaches of participating nations in CWC 19.
#1 Phil Simmons (Afghanistan)
Phil Simmons was a West Indian all-rounder whose career spanned from 1987 to 1999.
Later on he became a successful coach as he was a part of various coaching staffs thereafter. He was first appointed as the head coach of Zimbabwe in 2004. He had to fight for the Test status of Zimbabwe after a string of losses they had suffered.
From there, he was appointed as a head coach of Ireland and that proved as a major turning point in his coaching career. Under his coaching Ireland won 11 trophies, qualified for every major ICC event, and beat Pakistan and Bangladesh in the 2007 World Cup, England in the 2011 World Cup and the West Indies and Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup. He coached them for 224 matches, making him the longest serving coach in international cricket.
He then became coach of West Indies and under his coaching, the team won the T-20 World Cup in 2016.
In 2017, he was appointed as the head coach of Afghanistan.
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