Karachi Kings appoints Phil Simmons as the coach

Karachi Kings appoints Phil Simmons as the coach

Karachi Kings has enlisted Phil Simmons, a former West Indies all-rounder, to serve as the head coach for the upcoming 2024 Pakistan Super League (PSL) season. Simmons takes over from Johan Botha, a former South African all-rounder, who led the Kings to a second-to-last position in the PSL 2023 with only three wins out of ten games. Simmons, with a playing career spanning 26 Tests and 143 ODIs from 1987 to 1999, has transitioned into a successful coaching career, notably with various roles for West Indies. His most recent coaching stint concluded with West Indies’ exit in the first round of the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia. Currently, he serves as the head coach for the Major League Cricket (MLC) Trinbago Knight Riders and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) LA Knight Riders.

Having played one international game in Karachi during the 1987 World Cup, Simmons expressed excitement about returning to the city and working with Kings’ team head Haider Azhar.

Simmons remarked, “Returning to Karachi, a city I hold dear from my playing days, feels like a homecoming. Leveraging this country’s rich cricketing legacy, I’m excited to collaborate with Haider Azhar and the team’s think tank. This opportunity, facilitated by team owner Salman Iqbal, CEO Tariq Wasi, and Karachi Kings management, presents a chance to rebuild Karachi Kings into a match-winning team.”

With one PSL title in eight seasons (2020), Karachi Kings, having missed the playoffs in 2022 and 2023, looks to enhance its prospects under Simmons’ guidance. The team will commence its preparation with the draft on Wednesday, featuring key players such as captain Shan Masood, James Vince, Hasan Ali, Shoaib Malik, Tabraiz Shamsi, Mir Hamza, Muhammad Akhlaq, and Muhammad Irfan Khan.

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