Stephen Fleming signed by BBL side Melbourne Stars as chief coach

Shashi / 25 February 2015

New Zealand legend Stephen Fleming who is also the head coach of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take over from Greg Shipperd at Melbourne Stars for next season’s Big Bash League (BBL). reported Melbourne Stars, who reached the semifinals in four consecutive years but did not succeed to reach the final, had clearly specified recently that they were exploring coaching options with Shipperd’s contract having lapsed with the franchise.

Fleming said that he has been coaching in India for the previous 7 years in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and have watched the Big Bash League grow from a distance. It is a great chance to work with another Twenty-20 team, the Stars are a thrilling club and he is looking to increase his coaching through this chance as well.

The former left-handed opening batsman said probably it is a chance for him to bring in some fresh thoughts from the Indian Premier League (IPL) and his time as a New Zealand cricketer.

Stephen Fleming said he felt Melbourne Stars are well placed to create their semifinal opportunities from the first four versions.

He was quoted saying: “What I’m looking to do is take my experiences from winning IPL and Champions League with Chennai and just try to create a calm sense that we can win the final – I don’t think there’s too much more to be done.”

Stephen Fleming played 111 Test for New Zealand. He will go to Melbourne in March for the ICC World Cup and will use that chance to meet with players, coaching staff, Board, and key stakeholders.

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