Phil Simmons to coach Afghanistan Loop Sports Created : 31 December 2017 Sport Former West Indies coach, Phil Simmons. Former West Indies coach, Phil Simmons is the new head coach of the Afghanistan cricket team. The first order of business for the former Windies big hitting all rounder is to get Afghanistan ready for their first Test match. The announcement on Sunday was reported by AFP which notes that the war-torn nation was awarded Test status in June, along with Ireland. The appointment was announced on Twitter by the Afghanistan Cricket Board. Simmons who retired in 2002, also had previous coaching spells with Zimbabwe and Ireland. Simmons will now join the Afghanistan squad in Dubai as it prepares for a limited-overs series against Zimbabwe in Sharjah in February. Afghanistan will play their first Test match against India, where they play the majority of their home games, although a date has yet to be announced. They are seen as having a promising future with a talented bowling attack led by 19-year-old Rashid Khan. Prior to his appointment, Afghanistan Cricket Board had employed Simmons as a cricket consultant earlier in the year.