BBL: Former Kiwi pacer Shane Bond has decided to not renew his contract with Big Bash League (BBL) outfit Sydney Thunder to spend more time with family. The 45-years-old has been in charge for three seasons now and helped them finish third last season.
“I loved my time with the Thunder but with so much uncertainty around travel restrictions these days and not knowing what that might look like I just didn’t want to miss another summer at home,” he said.
“I haven’t had one there for six years and my wife Tracey has had to carry the load. I want to be there again before I get to the point where my girls get to the end of high school. My son has some important cricket coming up too and I want to be there for that.
“I’ll miss the boys at the Thunder, all the people from players to management. It’s a great club to be a part of. I’ll miss everybody. That will be the hardest thing.”
BBL: Shane Bond denies new contract with Sydney Thunder; Bond was the Brisbane Heat Assistant Coach before taking up the role with Thunder and has worked with New Zealand, England and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
Thunder not only now need to recruit a new coach, but they’ll have to find a new captain as well. Calum Ferguson has been axed from the side after they crashed out of the BBL finals in the knockout.
Greg Mail, Cricket New South Wales’ head of cricket, pointed out, “He has been critical to the emergence of some brilliant young NSW based talent over the last two years whilst also bringing the best out of some of our established local and international players.
“We are a values-based organisation and although we would have loved to have seen Shane at the helm next summer, choosing to spend time with his family is a decision we respect.”
BBL: Shane Bond denies new contract with Sydney Thunder; wants to spend more family time