Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has announced his Big Bash League retirement. McCullum will play his swansong in the Big Bash League on Friday when his team Brisbane Heat will take on Melbourne Stars. The combative right-handed batsman had played a blistering knock of 56 runs off just 39 balls in Sunday’s encounter against defending champions Adelaide Strikers.
Thus, McCullum will like to end his Big Bash League career on a high. McCullum who is 37 years old, is still fit as a fiddle and had made an acrobatic effort in the field against Adelaide Strikers.
Brendon McCullum calls curtains on BBL career.
McCullum has represented Brisbane Heat since the inception of the Big Bash League in 2011. The pugnacious batsman had hanged his boots from the International circuit in 2016 after New Zealand had ended up as the runners-up in the 2015 World Cup edition.
Subsequently, Brendon McCullum continued to partake in the various T20 leagues across the globe. In fact, he was also overlooked in the Indian Premier League auction recently.
Meanwhile, McCullum confirmed that he will continue to play T20 cricket in 2019.
“The prospect of being able to transfer the skills, experience and leadership I have been lucky enough to bank over my long T20 and also international career into coaching is very exciting.
“I have absolutely loved playing for the Heat. I’ve had a great time playing with my teammates, and it was a privilege to captain them. Coming into Brisbane each year before the start of the competition was always a highlight.
“Being a part of the BBL has been a special part of my career. Having been there at the start, and then seeing it grow and evolve into one of the best T20 competitions in the world has been great to be part of.
McCullum always played the game in the right spirit.
Brendon McCullum greatest quality was he always played the game in the right spirit. He was the perfect epitome of giving respect to the opponents and players like him are pivotal for the game.
Brisbane Heat coach and McCullum’s former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori also heaped praises on the linchpin batsman for his qualities.
“His greatest quality is wanting everyone in the team to do well and this week will give us all a wonderful opportunity to reflect on his values and show how we can build on them in the future,” he said.