The three time champion Mumbai Indians announced the new fielding coach for the team ahead of the 11th edition of Indian Premier League. The New Zealander James Pamment replaced the former South African Jonty Rhodes.
Jonty Rhodes has been with the Mumbai Indians team since the second edition of this league. He worked for nine years for this champion team. The Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani confirmed that news.
He said,”Jonty 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. Jonty will always be a part of the Mumbai Indians family for life.”
“We are happy to introduce James Pamment to the MI Paltan (MI Fan Army). James 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 James 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,” he added.
The newly fielding coach James Pamment delighted after appointed as the new fielding coach. He said,”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,” he added.