Pakistan has hired former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes to boost its squadâ€™s fielding skills ahead of an important tour of England, officials said on Friday.
â€œWe have finalised the hiring of Rhodes as fielding coach for two weeks and he will be arriving in early June,â€ Director Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Abbas Zaidi said.
Rhodes, 37, played 52 Tests and 245 One-day Internationals (ODIs) and was regarded as one of the worldâ€™s best fielders during his career, which ended after the 2003 World Cup.
Cricket fans here still remember the image of a leaping Rhodes in the 1992 World Cup in Australia running out Inzamam-ul-Haq â€” who is now Pakistanâ€™s captain.
Former greats Imran Khan and Javed Miandad have previously criticised Rhodesâ€™s hiring and questioned the role of current coach Bob Woolmer.
But Zaidi defended the move, saying the former South African star would add â€œinspiration valueâ€ to the team. â€œA team like Australia had hired a baseball coach to help improve their fielding… so there is no harm in having a fielding coach,â€ Zaidi said. â€œRhodes is a highly respected name at international level because of his fielding and will be a great inspiration to all the youngsters and other players,â€ he added.
â€œOur fielding has been a weak link. Our players donâ€™t have the habit of diving because of the hard ground here. So Rhodes would definitely be a source of great help.â€
Rhodes becomes the fourth South African to join Pakistanâ€™s technical staff after Woolmer, trainer Murray Stevenson and physio Daryn Lifson.
Pakistan, despite their improvement at international level, are widely regarded as one of the weakest fielding sides in the world.
Pakistan will play four Tests and five ODIs on their forthcoming tour of England beginning in late June. The first Test starts at Lordâ€™s in London from July 13.
Source:The NewsMore on:Jonty Rhodes, Pakistan, South Africa
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