Cricket legend Simmons to visit island

high-profile visitor: Ireland coach and former West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons will visit the Isle of Man this weekend to coach the island's senior cricket team (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

high-profile visitor: Ireland coach and former West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons will visit the Isle of Man this weekend to coach the island's senior cricket team (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

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WEST Indian cricket legend Phil Simmons will visit the Isle of Man this weekend.

The former test star is now a top coach and will be working with the Manx seniors on Saturday and Sunday.

Simmons, an explosive all-rounder, played in 169 tests and internationals, scoring more than 4,600 runs and taking 87 wickets.

In 1996 he took Leicestershire to the County Championship with 1,244 runs, 56 wickets and 35 catches.

He is now the highly successful chief coach of Ireland and his visit is an amazing coup for local cricket. The Manx team should benefit hugely from his vast experience and training talent.

On both days the sessions will start at the Sports Institute in the morning and then move to the National Sports Centre secondary hall from about midday.

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