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Brisbane Heat stalwart Brendon McCullum has announced that he will be calling time on his Big Bash League (BBL) career after the ongoing season.
McCullum informed his teammates about his decision after he struck a 39-ball 51 to help the Brisbane Heat knock off the Adelaide Strikers by six wickets on February 3 and keep their hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive.
The former New Zealand captain has revealed that he plans to continue playing in different Twenty20 competitions around the world this year before transitioning into a coaching position.
As a result, the Heat’s clash against the Melbourne Stars on February 8 will be his BBL swansong, unless the franchise progress to the semi-finals.
In order for the Heat to advance to the semi-finals, they first need to beat the Stars. They then need the Hobart Hurricanes to defeat the Sydney Thunder and the Sydney Sixers to triumph over the Stars to book their place in the last four.
“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 was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “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.”
“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.”
McCullum signed with the Heat in 2011 and has become a fan favourite. He initially couldn’t play many games due to international duty, but upon retiring in 2016, he has been a regular face in the side.
“Being a part of the BBL has been a special part of my career,” McCullum said. “Having been there at the start, and then seeing it grow and evolve into one of the best T20 competitions in the world has been great to be part of.
“I think the BBL will get stronger and better from here too as everyone becomes more comfortable with the format and the clubs continue to be bold in their planning and preparations.”