Bengaluru: Former South African batsman Jonty Rhodes has been appointed as the head coach of Sweden national team. Rhodes is currently the fielding coach of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in IPL 2020, which begins in the UAE on September 19.

Rhodes will move to Stockholm, Sweden in November after the IPL. He said he excited with his new role.

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“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 on Thursday (September 10).

According to the Sweden Cricket Federation’s website, cricket is the second fastest growing sport in Sweden. “With a 300 percent increase in the number of participants over the past two years, cricket is the second fastest growing sport in Sweden right now. The Swedish Cricket Association works fully to implement strategies for growth and development while also focusing on diversity and inclusion,” it said.

“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. I am delighted to have him as part of our small and ambitious team,” said Benn Harradine, sports director of the Swedish Cricket Federation.