Jonty parts ways with Mumbai Indians

Jonty Rhodes (Gallo Images)
Jonty Rhodes (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Proteas batsman Jonty Rhodes has left his fielding coach position with the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, the Mumbai Indians.

The Mumbai Indians confirmed that Rhodes will no longer be a part of the franchise's coaching staff, which sees an end to his nine-season relationship with the three-time IPL champions.

New Zealander James Pamment will replace Rhodes as the new fielding coach.

According to the franchise's official website, Rhodes expressed his desire to move on to spend more time on his personal business ventures.

"Jonty has been a pillar of strength and energy in Mumbai Indians. His contribution cannot be valued in words," said Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani.

"We respect his decision and wish him the best for the future. Jonty will always be a part of Mumbai Indians family for life."

Rhodes, who played 52 Tests and 245 ODIs for the Proteas between 1992 and 2003, is known as one of the best fielders to have ever played the game.

"It has been a remarkable journey with Mumbai Indians, one that I will cherish all my life," said Rhodes.

"Over the last nine years, Mumbai Indians has set sporting benchmarks both on and off the field, and personally, it's been quite a remarkable journey for me to work with fantastic set of individuals like Sachin (Tendulkar), Rohit (Sharma), Anil (Kumble), Ricky (Ponting), Mahela (Jayawardene) and all the support staff and players over the years."

The 48-year-old was linked earlier this year with a fielding coaching role with the national Bangladesh team.

The 11th edition of the IPL will be played between April 4-May 31, 2018.

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