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Vettori to coach Birmingham Phoenix

 Sports Desk

 Published: 03:55 PM, 23 June 2021  

Vettori to coach Birmingham Phoenix

Vettori to coach Birmingham Phoenix

Former New Zealand spinner and Bangladesh spin bowling consultant Daniel Vettori will be Birmingham Phoenix's head coach for the inaugural edition of The Hundred. In the meantime, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is looking for a new spin bowling coach before parts away with Vettori officially.

Australian Andrew McDonald was set for the role but will not travel to England due to issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, instead of supporting the side from a distance as a consultant.

McDonald will be Australia's assistant coach for the white-ball games in West Indies next month, which conclude three days before The Hundred begins on July 21.

Vettori, therefore, steps up from his position as assistant coach at Phoenix but McDonald will return to the top role for the 2022 season.

Vettori - who took over 700 wickets and scored nearly 7,000 runs for New Zealand across formats of international cricket - has previously been head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, Middlesex in the Vitality Blast and Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash.

The 42-year-old said: "I feel really honoured to be asked to step up and take the reins from Andrew this year. We'll continue to communicate regularly and Andrew's advice will be vital to our success.

"Our squad looks really strong and we want to build a winning team and hopefully bring The Hundred trophy to Birmingham."

McDonald added: "It was a really hard decision not to travel over this summer and I'm extremely sad that I won't be there in person to coach the team.

"I'll be doing everything I can to give advice and support to Daniel and his team and I'm already looking forward to playing a role in person next season."

James Franklin has been appointed as Daniel Vettori's assistant at Birmingham Phoenix.