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The Sydney Thunder have appointed former New Zealand pace bowler Shane Bond as their new head coach.
Bond had also served as an assistant coach with the Brisbane Heat, where he worked under head coach Daniel Vettori, who used to be his New Zealand teammate.
Despite his contract with the Heat running until the 2019/20 edition of the Big Bash League (BBL), Bond signed a three-year deal to join the Thunder.
“The chance to lead a programme at a club which is full of great people on and off the field was very appealing,” Bond said in a statement as quoted by cricket.com.au. “I want to win trophies and have a squad of players and coaches that other teams are envious of.
“There’s some exciting young players in the Thunder squad as well as some experienced old bulls, if we can blend that together we’ll have a successful team.”
Bond admitted that while it was a difficult decision to leave the Heat, he couldn’t turn down his first-ever head coach role.
“It will be sad to say goodbye to the Brisbane Heat, they’re a great franchise who have been very good to me,” Bond said. “I’ve been a bowling and assistant coach for eight years, but you’re always thinking about how you’d do things yourself if you were leading a side.
“I love to coach, not just manage people and I enjoy making players better cricketers.”
Speaking about Bond’s decision to join the Thunder, Vettori said: “While it is a shame to lose him from our club, I’m personally very happy for Bondy. He’ll do a great job although hopefully not against us when we come up against them in BBL|08.
“He’s done some superb work with our bowlers over the years and their careers will have benefited from his input with them.”