Big Bash League runners-up Melbourne Stars coach Stephen Fleming has relinquished his duties as the head coach of the franchise. Fleming had taken over the baton in 2015 and took the Stars to two Big Bash League finals. However, the club went on to lose both of them. In fact, Fleming has confirmed that he would not be seeking an extension to his contract.
Meanwhile, Melbourne Stars had made it to the final of the eighth season of the league. However, they had lost to Melbourne Renegades in the final of the tourney. In fact, they were in a shoo-in position while chasing a paltry score. However, they fumbled even after their openers had provided a good start.
Fleming led Stars to two BBL finals.
On the other hand, former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori had also recently stepped down as the head coach of the Brisbane Heat. Former Australian coach Darren Lehmann has been appointed as the new chief coach of the Heat.
Meanwhile, Star president Eddie McGuire stated that the veteran coach has left a huge mark on the club. In fact, the former southpaw Kiwis opener will continue to advise the Stars in the role of International talent advisor.
“Stephen has been a wonderful servant of the Melbourne Stars and we completely respect his decision to step down as head coach,” Stars president Eddie McGuire said in a statement on Wednesday.
“He has left a large footprint on the club which we will be forever grateful for.
“Whilst Stephen will be stepping down as head coach, he will continue providing input and advice to the Stars in the role of international talent advisor.”
Stephen Fleming also coaches Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, which is one of the most successful franchises in the league. Fleming believes it was the right time for him to release himself from the duties of the head coach.
“I feel the time is right for me to step down and allow someone else to take the reins and the Club forward.
“The Club is in very good shape having rebounded from last in BBL|07 to grand finalist this season.
“Whilst we didn’t get the ultimate prize I’m confident that the group of players we have assembled will be motivated to go one further next season,” said Fleming.
Meanwhile, it won’t be easy for Melbourne Stars to fill in the big shoes of Stephen Fleming. However, they will need to move forward and they will try to find a suitable match.