Rhodes hoping to improve Pakistan~~s fielding

Published: Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Keen to introduce a new fielding culture in the Pakistan team, Jonty Rhodes said though he has only two weeks to work with Inzamam-ul Haq's men but would try his level best to improve their diving skills ahead of the tour of England.

''Pakistan team needs improvement in fielding and I will be endeavouring to make amends in the individual problems of players related to this department,'' Rhodes told the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP).

The South African started his 14-day camp at the Gaddafi Stadium here yesterday.

Rhodes, considered to be one of the greatest fielders ever, said he was aiming to make some visible improvement to the team ahead of their tour of England which begins June 25.

''I am fully confident that I will be able to bring a lot of improvement in the fielding of players,'' the former Test star said.

Rhodes, however, admitted that fielding was not an area which could be improved in matter of days and said the pace on improvement depended on the players' outlook as well.

''Fielding cannot be improved overnight, it is a slow process and it all depends on players how much interest they develop for improvement,'' he added.

On his first day with the players, Rhodes said he spent the time telling them to be more athletic in the field and motivate them for putting in extra effort for every save.

''What I have told the players is to dive and to make acrobatic moves in fielding and I am emphasising that they should enjoy the fielding and by that way they can create extra interest and show rapid learning,'' he said.

Rhodes said good fielding also depended on starting early coaching for yougsters, whose bodies are better prepared.

''If it is done at an early stage then players adapt to it that is why the teams which are showing good results are working on the fielding of their players scientifically at early level,'' Rhodes said.

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