Indian Premier League: Mumbai Indians part ways with Jonty Rhodes

Mumbai Indians Fielding Coach

A file image of Jonty Rhodes

Mumbai Indians have roped in New Zealand's James Pamment as fielding coach.

Three-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians announced on Thursday that former New Zealand fielding specialist & development coach, James Pamment, was appointed as their new fielding coach ahead of the 2018 season after Jonty Rhodes chose to part ways with the franchise.

The Mumbai Indians will return as defending champions in the eleventh edition of the IPL that will be held in April-May next year.

"It has been a remarkable journey with Mumbai Indians, one that I will cherish all my life". He will always be a part of Mumbai Indians family for life. Mumbai has tied up with New Zealand's James Pamment for the 2018 season. "His contribution can not be valued in words", said Ambani. We respect his decision and wish him the best for the future.

"We are happy to introduce James Pamment to the MI Paltan (MI Fan Army)". "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, Rohit, Anil, Ricky, Mahela and all the support staff and players over the years".

"The teams' focus on young talent and persisting with them is something I believed in and it was heartening to see the players buying into my methods".

He retired from global cricket after the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, and has been into coaching after having worked with Standard Chartered Bank as an Account Executive. "Like them, I will be an MI fan forever".

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. "Mumbai Indians is a champion outfit and I am grateful to the team's ownership on giving me this opportunity".

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