Jonty Rhodes    IANS (File Photo)
Jonty Rhodes IANS (File Photo)

Defending IPL champions Mumbai Indians (MI) on Thursday announced that they had parted ways with their long-time fielding coach Jonty Rhodes, and roped in New Zealand’s James Pamment as his replacement. The reason for Rhodes’s decision to leave MI is that he wants to spend some more time with his personal business ventures. Rhodes, who had been working with MI for the past nine seasons, has been the part of their immense success, not just in the IPL, but also in Champions League T20 (CLT20). MI owner Akash Ambani stated that Rhodes’s contribution to the side till date has been ‘invaluable and unmeasurable in words’.

On Rhodes’s contribution to MI

“Rhodes has been a pillar of strength and energy in Mumbai Indians. His contribution cannot be valued in words. We respect his decision and wish him the best for the future. He will always be a part of Mumbai Indians family for life,” said Akash Ambani in a media release by MI.

On Pamment’s appointment

“We are happy to introduce James Pamment to the MI Paltan [MI Fan Army]. He is an experienced coach at the international level having worked with New Zealand Cricket as fielding specialist and development. What impressed us was the way Pamment had coached Northern Districts in Champions League T20 in 2014, and to be honest, his sides’ fielding unit was one of the best Mumbai Indians had ever faced.”

Jonty Rhodes: India is a spectacular country
Jonty Rhodes: India is a spectacular country

Pamment too spoke on joining MI as the new fielding coach: “It will be a great challenge and at the same time a privilege to fulfil the duties of a role that was held by someone like Rhodes. He [Rhodes] has instilled a brilliant work culture among the players, on and off the field, and the results are out there for everyone to see. Mumbai Indians’ is a champion outfit and I am grateful to the team’s ownership on giving me this opportunity.”