Rhodes declines offer to be NCA coach

Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Former South African Cricketer, Jonty Rhodes has declined an offer by the National CricketAcademy here to be fielding consultant, citing personal reasons.

Durban-based Rhodes, regarded as one of the greatest exponents of fielding, had been sounded by the NCA to take up a two-week coaching assignment to pass on fielding tips to the trainees but the cricketer has conveyed his unwillingness.

NCA sources quoted Rhodes, who last played his international match in February last year, as saying that he had just started working for a bank in South Africa and is notin a position to spend at fortnight at a stretch in India.

NCA had pinned hopes on Rhodes' availability and expressed that his interactions on fielding aspects would immensly benefit the trainees.

Sources told PTI Rhodes has also informed NCA that he is taking a break from cricket, has no plans to coach at the Academy level anywhere and wants to learn the ropes in thecorporate world.

But he hastened to add that Cricket has always been his love and possibly he might get into coaching in future.

For 35-year-old Rhodes, who took 139 catches including 34 in Tests, family is a priority and spending time with his two young children is important.

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