Former Legendary Kiwi skipper, who took Newzealand to their first-ever ODI World cup Final in 2015 against Australia has announced that BBL|08 will be the last season he will be playing in. The aggressive opening batsman and perhaps the most agile fielder even at the age of 37 said that he’ll continue playing other league T20 cricket this year and will slowly transform himself into a coach.
Post-match after victory against Adelaide Strikers
After the win against Adelaide Strikers last night, McCullum said to the playing group:
‘’I will continue to play T20 Cricket in 2019 in various competitions around the world and will then look to transition into a coaching cateer.’’
‘’I have absolutely loved my time playing for the Brisbane Heat . The fans have been amazing with their immense 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.’’
Services for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.
Brendon McCullum is playing for the ‘Brisbane Heat’ and has the most dangerous opening pair in the league alongside his captain Chris Lynn. He first featured in the Big Bash in the 2016/17 season after his retirement from the International Duty and had a more than decent season. His stats for season 2016/2017 were impressive with 3 half centuries in just 8 matches at an average of 46.14.
The former Black Caps skipper returned the next season as captain of the team but had an ordinary season both as an individual and as a captain. His performances off late in the other leagues like PSL, IPL, BPL had been below par but Brisbane persisted with him and showed immense trust. After having another average season, Brendon McCullum has decided that this will be his last stint with the Brisbane Heat and he now has more interest to induct himself in the coaching role for the years to come.
His former Kiwi team-mate and Brisbane Heat current coach Daniel Vettori also praised the services that Brendon had provided to the Heat side and wished him best of luck for the future prospects.
Every cricket fan would wish to see Brendon involved in the game but for now, it seems to be the end of an era for one of the best T20 batsman to have played the game.
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Pic Credits: Brisbane Heat