Former West Indies coach Phil Simmons has been appointed as the new head coach of St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots for the 2017 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Simmons’ appointment comes after they acquired opener Chris Gayle from Jamaica Tallawahs last week in a bid to turn around their results.
Patriots’ co-owner, Uday Nayak, described Simmons as “the right coaching choice at this very crucial time in the development of our franchise,” following two consecutive seasons of finishing at the bottom of the table.
Commenting on his new role, Simmons said, “I am delighted to take up the role. I would like to thank the owners and management for offering me this exciting opportunity to lead the squad. I am aware of the immediate challenges we are facing and I will do all possible to ensure that we achieve improved results.”
“I am very pleased with the recent signing of Gayle. This is a major boost for me coming in as the new coach and I look forward to working closely with Chris to bring the desired success to the St. Kitts & Nevis franchise.”