AFP
AFP

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is in talks with South African legend Jonty Rhodes for a short-term fielding consultant role, confirmed the board’s president Nazmul Hassan Papon in a press conference on Tuesday. Rhodes, who played for South Africa in between 1992 and 2003, is regarded as the greatest fielder to ever play the game. The 47-year-old is currently the fielding coach of Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The development from BCB comes in the aftermath of Bangladesh’s disastrous tour of New Zealand where they lost all their 8 matches (3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and 2 Tests).

“We have contacted him and he has shown interest in the position,” said Papon in a report from Daily Star. “We are currently in talks with him.” Reportedly, the deal is still in early stages and the period of the coaching tenure is still not known. It could be a between a week and a month. Bangladesh struggled in the fielding department and their catching was very poor. They were guilty of dropping five chances in New Zealand’s first innings in the second Test at Christchurch. However it was their batting in the second innings that let them down in both the Tests.

What comes as a big shock is the fact that Bangladesh went on to lose the first Test despite putting up 595 for 8 in the first Test at Wellington.

The current Bangladesh side is being coached by former Sri Lankan all-rounder Chandika Haturasingha. Rhodes has a proven record as a fielding coach. Despite his contract with MI, he does take short term roles with various teams around the world.