FORMER AUSTRALIAN cricket coach, Darren Lehmann, has been confirmed as the man to guide the Brisbane Heat’s Big Bash League fortunes from next season.
Lehmann was the Heat foundation coach, leading them to a BBL title, before leaving in 2013 to take up the head coaching role for the Ashes tour.
‘Boof’ will return to the role next week, in what will be his first coaching appointment since the ball tampering scandal in South Africa last year.
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Heat General Manager Andrew McShea confirmed the appointment on Thursday morning.
“Darren has vast experience as a coach and as a manager of talented players,’’ Mr McShea said in a statement.
“It’s a bonus for us that he understands the rationale behind the Heat from his earlier days with us, but this appointment was not about past glories.
“Darren stood out as someone who brings together innovation and extensive cricketing insights as well as a passion for success.”
Lehmann said he was delighted to rekindle his relationship with the Heat as he makes Queensland his home.
“It was a wonderful experience at the time to be involved with building the Brisbane Heat at the start of the BBL, and we had plenty of fun along the way,” he said.
“I enjoyed watching the BBL, and the Heat, during the season and as a coach, I am pretty excited to be working with the Heat players, who I know are as talented and determined as anyone going around.”