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Former New Zealand captain and spinner Daniel Vettori has stepped down as head coach of the Brisbane Heat.
Vettori told the Heat’s management that he didn’t want to sign a new contract. With his decision being accepted, it indicated that the franchise are looking to rejig their coaching staff.
Vettori has been the Heat’s coach for four seasons and the team’s best result has been a semi-final appearance in the 2016/17 edition of the tournament.
However, they still have a chance of advancing to the last four in the ongoing season of the BBL.
“The Heat have been very grateful to Dan for his involvement, as a player from BBL|01, and then as our coach for the past four seasons,” general manager Andrew McShea was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “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.
“We will take this opportunity to review our planning and our structures and look to make a fresh start in BBL09.”
Vettori’s departure comes after ex-New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum announced his retirement from the BBL on Monday.
“It was important for us to do our best to send Baz off a winner in our last home game but equally so for Dan,” Heat captain Chris Lynn had said after his side’s incredible 10-wicket win over the Melbourne Stars. “His composure throughout our campaigns has been a constant in the background and I’m grateful to have benefited from his experience and knowledge of the game.”