McCullum announces BBL retirement, coaching intentions

Written by Vipin Darwade

Brendon McCullum, the former New Zealand captain, has announced that the ongoing Big Bash League would be his last as he looks to transition from playing to a career in coaching.

McCullum, who called time on his international career in 2016, told his team-mates at Brisbane Heat of the decision after their six-wicket win against Adelaide Strikers on Sunday, 3 February.

Their clash against Melbourne Stars on Friday is likely to be McCullum’s last in the tournament if Brisbane don’t make it to the semi-finals – they are currently placed fifth, and need a few results to go their way to advance.

McCullum, however, will continue playing in other T20 leagues the world over before beginning his career as a coach. “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 said in a statement.

“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.”

McCullum, 37, has been associated with Heat since 2011, when he was a foundation signing. He’s been a regular for the side since 2016, and has scored 920 runs in 34 matches, including nine half-centuries.

“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,” McCullum said.

“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.”

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