BBL’s Heat secure Bond as bowling coach


Big Bash League side the Brisbane Heat have made an envy-inducing signing in securing Shane Bond, the former New Zealand paceman and bowling coach, who had great success with the Kiwis and Mumbai.

Bond was a key reason for the Black Caps' success in recent years with the ball, and after quitting that role around the World Cup, he's now joined former team-mate and Heat head coach Dan Vettori ahead of the next BBL.

Vettori said of his friend joining him at The 'Gabba as bowling coach: "Shane is an excellent coach and a very good bowling tactician, especially in T20.

"He was highly regarded for his recent work with Mumbai in the IPL recently and I know he is looking forward to the challenge of working in the competitive environment that the BBL brings.

"It will be good for us to share some notes with the Queensland Cricket guys and work through our plans coming into the season."

For his part, Bond was keen to add a Big Bash side to his CV after the IPL: "They are arguably the two leading T20 competitions in the world so I'm keen to get to grips with the Big Bash after being impressed with the standard as an outsider looking in."