KATHMANDU, Sept 14: The South African legendary cricketer Jonty Rhodes, who also served as a coach for the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians, has been roped in by the Nepal Cricket School (NCS) for a two-week coaching stint in Kathmandu.
The right-handed batsman who is hailed as the greatest fielder to ever grace the game of cricket will arrive in Nepal for a coaching session at the TU international cricket ground starting from October 22 to November 7. The young and budding cricketers need such figures for more encouragement and participation in cricket according to the organizers of the event.
“We want more and more participation of youths in cricket. Our target, as a cricket school, and under the guidance of coach like Binod Das, lies on the upcoming U-19 ICC Cricket World Cup. If this stint can help the young cricketers to grow, we will be more than happy,” said Akur Rimal, the director of NCS in a conversation with Republica.
“We have been working from seven to eight months on this. The schedule and other commitments kept the program getting postponed. We are happy to finally inform that he will be in Nepal coaching Nepali kids,” Rimal added. He also informed that the players will have to officially fill a registration form to get shortlisted for one-on-one coaching sessions with the South African legend.
The 49-year-old has 5935 runs and 2532 runs in ODI and Test matches respectively. His legendary career came to reckoning after a diving run-out of Inzamam-ul-Haq during the 1992 ICC World Cup. He retired from cricket after an inopportune finger-fracture early in the 2003 World Cup, although he went to play a successful final farewell season in county cricket for Gloucestershire.