Karachi: Former South African legend Jonty Rhodes has been appointed as a new head coach of the Sweden national side.
The 51-year-old will likely undertake several roles, overseeing coaching and development initiatives, from the grassroots level all the way up to the senior national teams.
According to a statement from the Swedish Cricket Federation, the move is part of the board’s broader plans to invest in junior cricket and high performance in the country. The statement also added, “Cricket is the second-fastest growing sport in Sweden seeing a 300% increase in participation over the past two years.”
Rhodes is eager to impart his cricketing knowledge in the emerging game, all with family life in mind.
“I am really excited to relocate to Sweden with my family and work together with the Swedish Cricket community. This opportunity has come at a perfect time and I am grateful to be able to invest my energies in a completely new environment. I can’t wait to get started,” Rhodes said.
“Our growth targets and key areas are directed toward junior cricket and high performance. Jonty will play a pivotal role in lifting our players as well as assisting in securing quality coaching framework for the future sustainability of the game,” Benn Harradine, sports director of the Swedish Cricket Federation, said.
“I am delighted to have him as part of our small and ambitious team,” he added.