Big Bash League: Daniel Vettori steps down as Brisbane Heat coach

first_imgFormer New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has stepped as the coach of Big Bash League side Brisbane Heat after four years in charge of the the team. Brisbane ended their league phase on Friday with a victory over Melbourne Stars at The Gabba in Brisbane.Brisbane are currently placed fourth in the points table and may still qualify for the semi-finals of the T20 league if other results go in their favour.”After careful consideration over the past few weeks, I have decided not to seek a contract renewal as head coach of the Brisbane Heat,” Vettori said in a statement on Saturday.”I informed the General Manager of my decision prior to the game against Melbourne Stars at the MCG and that was accepted by the club. I told the playing group and coaching and support staff of my decision before last night’s match.”I have loved my time at Brisbane, firstly as a player and then as coach, and the experience of being part of the growth of the BBL has been personally rewarding.”I would like to thank the players for their efforts and wish them all the best in their respective careers. There is some exceptional talent within that group and I hope they have every opportunity to realise their ability and potential in the future.”Thank you to all the professional and dedicated support staff and coaches – they have done sterling work for the team over the years. I wish the Heat organisation all the best into the future.”advertisementEarlier this week, Brendon McCullum had also decided to not renew his contract next season and played his final BBL game on Friday. McCullum scored 920 runs in 35 matches in the BBL since 2011 at an average of over 27 with 9 half-centuries to his credit.Brisbane Heat skipper Chris Lynn paid a rich tribute to Vettori and McCullum.”It was important for us to do our best to send Baz off a winner in our last home game but equally so for Dan. His [McCullum’s] composure throughout our campaigns has been a constant in the background and I’m grateful to have benefited from his experience and knowledge of the game,” Lynn said.Also Read | Nathan Lyon wants Australia to enjoy cricket on challenging India tourAlso Read | BPL 2019: Tamim Iqbal’s 61-ball 141 not out hands Comilla Victorians their 2nd titlelast_img

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