Fleming led the side reach the BBL final twice and helped them stay at the helm for four years. @ Getty Images

Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has stepped down as head coach of Big Bash League (BBL) side Melbourne Stars on Wednesday. Fleming led the side reach the BBL final twice and helped them stay at the helm for four years. “I feel the time is right for me to step down and allow someone else to take the reins and the Club forward,” he said.

“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.” The Stars collapsed against Melbourne Renegades falling short by 13 runs in the final last season. (ALSO READ: Renegades clinch maiden BBL title amid extraordinary Stars implosion)

Stars President Eddie McGuire confirmed Fleming’s departure, but said that he will continue as the international talent advisor for the side.

“Stephen has been a wonderful servant of the Melbourne Stars and we completely respect his decision to step down as Head Coach. He has left a large footprint on the Club which we will be forever grateful for,” he said.

“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.”