New Zealand veteran Daniel Vettori on Saturday (February 9) has stood down from the top-brass post while serving as Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Brisbane Heat’s chief coach. However, the former Kiwis cricketer hasn’t given any due consideration on renewing his contract with Heat.
“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 told BBL digital.
Vettori recently informed the club:
The 40-year-old former Black Caps all-rounder took the decision ahead of the Friday’s (February 8) fixture against Glenn Maxwell-led Melbourne Stars. But, Stars openers pulverized hosts bowlers to seal the game at Gabba comprehensively by ten wickets.
“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,” Vettori added.
So far, Vettori has spent four years with the Brisbane, and under his tutelage, the side has made it to the seminal in the 2016-17 season.
While talking about his time with the premium team, Vettori stressed he has learnt a lot during his coaching stint and being as a player in previous editions of one of the successful T20 leagues.
“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,” he said.
Meanwhile, Heat has slim chances of finishing off the ongoing eighth edition of the BBL league on a high.
Recently, Vettori’s former teammate Brendon McCullum has announced his retirement from Australia’s professional domestic competition.
Heat’s skipper Lynn on McCullum and Vettori:
Chris Lynn has praised the efforts of Vettori’s leadership role as he maintained the side was looking forward to bidding a perfect adieu.
Lynn added Vettori’s wealth of experience has helped him develop his game. He asserted it’s satisfying to have McCullum in the side.
“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 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.
In conclusion, Heat’s general manager Andrew McShea stated it was pleasing to have Vettori as a coach. He added McCullum as a player in the squad has strengthened the line-up. They have had done a brilliant job while rendering their services for the franchise.
“As a player from BBL|01, and then as our coach for the past four seasons. It’s an end of an era for the Heat with both Brendon McCullum and now Dan leaving our club. We can only express our deepest gratitude to both men for their passion and dedication to the Heat,” McShea concluded.
Concurrently, heat is placed fourth on the table with 13 points in 14 games. So far, the side has bagged six wins and lost seven matches.