Brisbane Heat is set for a shake-up as former player and New Zealand’s most capped player in history, Dan Vettori, prepares to take the reigns as the KFC T20 Big Bash League Coach for the next three years.
Following the resignation of Stuart Law, captain James Hopes stepping down, and finishing the season with the wooden spoon, Vettori’s appointment has answered the prayers of many disheartened Brisbane fans.
The 36 year-old, Black Caps legend announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday following New Zealand’s defeat by Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup Final.
His extensive career includes 134 career T20 games, 34 of those on an international level, and a stint as coach of Bangalore in the IPL. Vittori believes however that this new role will be his biggest yet.
“It is a big job but one that I am excited about tackling,’’ he said on the Brisbane Heat website.
“I found my initial experience as the coach of Bangalore in the IPL to be very rewarding last year and so I am grateful to them for allowing me this additional opportunity to develop my coaching skills and background.”
“I have greatly enjoyed my time as a player with Brisbane and have a lot of respect for Queensland Cricket as an organisation, going back to my very early days with them when Twenty20 was still seen as a bit of a novelty,’’ he said.
“The BBL’s enormous success in the past few seasons means that it is a highly important part of what we do nowadays, especially in creating new fans and driving the growth of cricket the world over,’’ he said.
Queensland Cricket High Performance Manager Brett Jones is also extremely optimistic about the future for the Heat under Vettori’s guidance.
“Dan coming on board for the next three BBL seasons will certainly assist us with finalising the bulk of our recruiting and planning for the coming year,’’ Jones told Brisbane Heat.
“We’re delighted to have Dan back with us, considering it is a relationship that goes back more than five years ago to the original Big Bash when he played for Queensland. We have welcomed his input on and off the field in those ensuing years and look forward to him taking the Heat forward, and continuing to create great experiences for our fans at our matches.”
Vittori will commence his coaching duties following the Indian Premier League which finishes on the 24th of May.