Phil Simmons, a renowned cricket coach, has joined Papua New Guinea (PNG) as a specialist coach ahead of the 2024 T20 World Cup. Phil Simmons is no stranger to the international cricket scene, having coached West Indies to the 2016 T20 World Cup title. His latest stint with PNG comes after his second tenure as West Indies coach ended following their group-stage elimination at the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.

Phil Simmons has an extensive background in franchise cricket, having coached Trinbago Knight Riders, LA Knight Riders, and Karachi Kings. He has been recruited by Cricket PNG to support head coach Tatenda Taibu, a former Zimbabwe wicketkeeper. According to Simmons, his role will involve sharing his experience of playing in World Cups and local conditions, particularly in the Caribbean.

Phil Simmons

PNG is set to participate in the 2024 T20 World Cup, which will take place in June. The team arrived in St Kitts last week and has been training and playing unofficial warm-up matches. They will face Oman and Namibia in official warm-up fixtures in Trinidad and Tobago next week. PNG has been drawn in Group C of the tournament and will face co-hosts West Indies in their opening match on June 2.

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As a player internationally for 14 years and an international coach for 18 years, Simmons is well-versed in the demands of international cricket. His expertise will be invaluable to PNG as they prepare for the World Cup. Phil Simmons is excited to return to the Caribbean and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge with the PNG team. With his guidance, PNG hopes to make a positive impact in the tournament.


Phil Simmons’ appointment is a significant boost for PNG’s cricket team, and fans are eagerly anticipating the team’s performance in the 2024 T20 World Cup. With Simmons’ expertise on board, PNG is well-positioned to make a strong showing in the tournament.

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