Daniel Vettori to step down as Brisbane Heat coach
Daniel Vettori (AFP Image)

The Big Bash League’s Brisbane Heat were on the lookout for a new coach Saturday after former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori opted not to renew his contract. His decision came soon after fellow ex-Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum confirmed that this would be his last season playing for the Heat in the Australian Twenty20 tournament.

Vettori has been coach since 2015 and will end his tenure when the season finishes. The Heat have won their last three games and remain in contention for the semi-finals.

“After careful consideration over the past few weeks, I have decided not to seek a contract renewal as head coach of the Brisbane Heat,” Vettori said in a statement on Saturday.

“I informed the General Manager of my decision prior to the game against Melbourne Stars at the MCG and that was accepted by the club. I told the playing group and coaching and support staff of my decision before last night’s match. I have loved my time at Brisbane, firstly as a player and then as coach, and the experience of being part of the growth of the BBL has been personally rewarding.

“I would like to thank the players for their efforts and wish them all the best in their respective careers. There is some exceptional talent within that group and I hope they have every opportunity to realise their ability and potential in the future.

“Thank you to all the professional and dedicated support staff and coaches – they have done sterling work for the team over the years. I wish the Heat organisation all the best into the future.”

Heat general manager Andrew McShea thanked both Vettori and McCullum for their time with the club. “It’s an end of an era for the Heat with both Brendon McCullum and now Dan leaving our club and we can only express our deepest gratitude to both men for their passion and dedication to the Heat during their time with us,” he said.

“We will take this opportunity to review our planning and our structures and look to make a fresh start.”