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Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann has been appointed as the Brisbane Heat’s head coach for the 2019/20 edition of the Big Bash League (BBL).
Lehmann was the Heat’s head coach for the first two seasons of the BBL, where he led the franchise to a title in 2012/13.
He was named as head coach after Daniel Vettori announced that he would be resigning from the role after the recent edition of the tournament.
Lehmann served as Australia’s coach from 2013 until March 2018, where he stepped down from the position in the aftermath of the ball tampering scandal, which saw Steve Smith and David Warner banned for 12 months, while Cameron Bancroft was given a nine-month suspension.
Having worked as a commentator on radio and television this summer, Lehmann will start his role as the Heat’s head coach next week.
“It was a wonderful experience at the time to be involved with building the Brisbane Heat at the start of the BBL, and we had plenty of fun along the way,” Lehmann was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “I enjoyed watching the BBL, and the Heat, during the season and as a coach, I am pretty excited to be working with the Heat players, who I know are as talented and determined as anyone going around.
“I am looking forward to getting to work and helping the Heat play some outstanding cricket, have some fun, and provide our fans with a great experience.”
Heat general manager Andrew McShea added: “Darren has vast experience as a coach and as a manager of talented players. We believe he can hit the ground running, and work towards the Heat providing its fans with outstanding experience in BBL 09 and beyond.
“It’s a bonus for us that he understands the rationale behind the Heat from his earlier days with us, but this appointment was not about past glories. Darren stood out as someone who brings together innovation and extensive cricketing insights as well as a passion for success. He has made his home in Queensland with his family and naturally we are very pleased to welcome him back into the fold at Queensland Cricket.”