Jonty Rhodes a contestant in Bigg Boss 5?

Jonty Rhodes, who is currently in India as the fielding coach of Indian Premier League team Mumbai Indians is said he wanted to try out his hand at the Indian version of the reality show Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Sep 26, 2011

Cricket’s finest fielder Jonty Rhodes is likely to be one of the contestant in the upcoming reality show ‘Bigg Boss 5 .

According to sources, the participation of the South African is confirmed.

“His entry in the show is confirmed. Jonty has some business plans in India so he thought it was a good idea to be on a reality show here and connect with the people,” says a source close to Jonty said.

Jonty, who is currently in India as the fielding coach of Indian Premier League team Mumbai Indians, said he wanted to try out his hand at the Indian version of the reality show.

Talking to a daily, Jonty hinted, saying. “I have seen the occasional episode of `Bigg Boss`, and have also seen `Big Brother`, in different countries around the world. Would love to try my hands at the Indian version of the show, though.”

However, he refrained from divulging any details about his probable stint, but said the show will help him understand Indian culture much better. “I have been coming back to India on regular occasions since 1993, and have not been able to learn much Hindi; how to do Yoga; dance or cook some of the delicious Indian dishes, so I hope being on the show will put me in an environment where I am able to cover a few of those skills!”

Rhodes has cricket commitments until mid-October, so the duration of his appearance in `Bigg Boss 5` has not yet been decided.

“I have cricket coaching commitments until mid-October, so am not sure when they would be able to slot me in to the show,” he said.

Jonty is not the only foreigner rumoured to be the inmate in ‘Big Boss 5 . Latin singing sensation Shakira, too, has confirmed her participation in the show. Boxer Mike Tyson, who was last seen in The Hangover 2, is also reportedly going to be part of the show. Kites lead actor Barbara Mori is also rumoured to be sharing the house with Jonty Rhodes.