Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has announced his retirement from the Big Bash League as he looks to transition into a coaching career. The explosive batsman, however, did mention that he will continue to play T20 cricket around the globe.
The 37-year old, who ended his international career in 2016, told his teammates at Brisbane Heat of the decision after his side defeated defending champions Adelaide Strikers on Sunday.
"I will continue to play T20 cricket in 2019 in various competitions around the world and will then look to transition into a coaching career," McCullum said in a statement, according to ICC.
“The prospect of being able to transfer the skills, experience and leadership I have been lucky enough to bank over my long T20 and also international career into coaching is very exciting.”
McCullum has been associated with Brisbane Heat since 2011, when he was a foundation signing. He became a regular since 2016, where he has smashed 920 runs in 34 matches, which include nine fifties.
“I have absolutely loved playing for the Heat. The fans have been amazing with their support and I have enjoyed seeing the pleasure they get from coming to our matches and having fun," McCullum said.
“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.”
Brisbane's clash against Melbourne Stars on Friday is likely to be McCullum’s last in the tournament if Brisbane doesn’t make it to the semi-finals.