Former South Africa Test player Jonty Rhodes has been appointed as Sweden’s head coach.
According to a statement form 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 said, "Cricket is the second fastest growing sport in Sweden seeing a 300% increase in participation over the past two years."
"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 was quoted as saying by swedishcricket.org.
Rhodes, currently serving as the fielding coach of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL in the UAE, will join his new side in November and be based in Stockholm.
"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."
Rhodes' move means that, for now, he is lost to his own country's cricket board at a time when CSA has appointed a wide variety of coaches across the national structures.