Phil Simmons has been named as the new Head Coach of Afghanistan.

The 54 year-old has signed a deal up to the 2019 World Cup to take charge of the Afghans, who along with Ireland were awarded Full member status last June.

He has previously worked with the squad as a batting consultant, and that allied with his success at international level with Ireland and West Indies made him the stand-out candidate for the role.

Simmons' first task will be a series next month against his former employers Zimbabwe in the UAE.

However his main task will be to deliver World Cup qualification, which he did twice with Ireland as they won the ICC Trophy in 2009, and the WCLC in 2013.

The WCQ have only two qualification slots on offer, and with ten teams vying for the positions, it's certain to be a high octane, cut-throat tournament.

With Simmons at the helm, Afghanistan will be one of the favourites to emerge from the bear pit.