The 37-year-old was Brisbane’s first ever signing in the BBL and has been with franchise since 2011.
The 37-year-old was Brisbane’s first ever signing in the BBL and has been with franchise since 2011.

T20 cricket pioneer and veteran Brendon McCullum has announced that ongoing Big Bash League will be his last and the his final game for the Brisbane Heat will be against Melbourne Stars at the Gabba later this week

“I will continue to play T20 cricket in 2019 in various competitions around the world and will then look to transition into a coaching career,” McCullum said in a statement.

“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.

The 37-year-old was Brisbane’s first ever signing in the BBL and has been with franchise since 2011.

“I have absolutely loved playing for the Heat. The fans have been amazing with their support and I have enjoyed seeing the pleasure they get from coming to our matches and having fun.

“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,” he added.

Heat coach and former NZ teammate Daniel Vettori said McCullum paid tribute to a player who may yet return to the Heat as Vettori’s assistant in future years.

“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,” Vettori said.

McCullum has so far played 34 matches for Brisbane during his eight years with the teaming, scoring 920 runs at 27.87. This season, the former New Zealand skipper has only managed 302 runs at 23.23 in 13 matches.

Earlier in December, McCullum went unsold in the Indian Premier League for the first time since its inception.

McCullum did not have great 2018 in T20 cricket scoring 1033 runs in 44 innings at an average of 24.59 and strike-rate of 127.37. In comparison the highest run-getter in T20s previous year was fellow New Zealand hitter Colin Munro, who scored 1529 runs in 47 matches – including T20Is – at an average of 34.75.

McCullum retired from international cricket in 2016 following the New Zealand’s second place finish at the 2015 Cricket World Cup.