Former South Africa international Jonty Rhodes will be moving to Sweden with his family after the IPL to take charge as head coach of the country’s national team, the Swedish Cricket Federation (SCF) has announced.

The 51-year-old Rhodes is currently in Dubai for the IPL as the fielding coach of Kings XI Punjab.

“Swedish Cricket Federation to invest in junior cricket, high performance & growth through the appointment of South African cricket great, Jonty Rhodes as head coach,” SCF said in a statement.

Rhodes said he is excited about the fresh challenge he will face in a country not known for its cricket.

“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

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English cricket’s return to live BBC television on Sunday provides a “great opportunity for cricket”, says interim England head coach Graham Thorpe.

The second Twenty20 against Pakistan will be shown on BBC One from 13:45 BST – the first England match on live BBC TV since 1999.

Last year’s World Cup final was shown live on Channel 4 but cricket has largely been unavailable on free-to-air TV in the UK since 2005.

“It is fantastic,” said Thorpe.

“We will be hoping we can put on a good show. It is a great opportunity for cricket in general and for us as a team.

“We will go out and enjoy it. Hopefully the audience is larger that watches the game.”

Thorpe is in charge of the England T20 side after regular head coach Chris Silverwood oversaw the 1-0 Test series win over Pakistan.

The first T20 in the three-match series was

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be spending a lot more time with the Territorial Army now that he has retired, said friend and business partner Arun Pandey on Sunday, rejecting talk of his brand value going down due to the decision.

Pandey saw the retirement announcement coming after this year’s T20 World Cup, which was postponed to 2022 last month, but only Dhoni knew that it would come on Independence Day.

“I was aware that he would do it soon but did not know the exact timing. Anyway it was for him to decide. He had started IPL preparations but it was postponed and then the T20 World Cup was postponed, he thought to be mentally free,” Pandey told PTI day after Dhoni’s unexpected announcement on Saturday.

“And since August 15 is a special day for the Army, he must have thought on those lines. The T20 World Cup postponement was

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Two-time World Cup-winning former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from international cricket on Saturday, ending over one year of suspense and also an era during which his often unorthodox leadership and finishing skills became the stuff of legends.

The 39-year-old will, however, compete in this year’s IPL, which gets underway in the UAE from September 19 after being moved out of India due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. from 1929hrs consider me as retired,” Dhoni posted on his instagram handle.

Timing of announcement

The announcement came a day after he joined his Chennai Super kings teammates at the side’s home base for a short training camp ahead of the players’ departure to the UAE next week.

His last outing in India colours was during the lost World Cup semifinal against New Zealand in July last year.

The BCCI sent out a

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