Former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has stepped as the coach of Big Bash League side Brisbane Heat after four years in charge of the the team. Brisbane ended their league phase on Friday with a victory over Melbourne Stars at The Gabba in Brisbane.
Brisbane are currently placed fourth in the points table and may still qualify for the semi-finals of the T20 league if other results go in their favour.
“After careful consideration over the past few weeks, I have decided not to seek a contract renewal as head coach of the Brisbane Heat,” Vettori said in a statement on Saturday.
“I have loved my time at Brisbane, firstly as a player and then as coach, and the experience of being part of the growth of the BBL has been personally rewarding.
“I would like to thank the players for their efforts and wish them all the best in their respective careers. There is some exceptional talent within that group and I hope they have every opportunity to realise their ability and potential in the future.
“Thank you to all the professional and dedicated support staff and coaches – they have done sterling work for the team over the years. I wish the Heat organisation all the best into the future.”
Earlier this week, Brendon McCullum had also decided to not renew his contract next season and played his final BBL game on Friday. McCullum scored 920 runs in 35 matches in the BBL since 2011 at an average of over 27 with 9 half-centuries to his credit.