Brendon McCullum calls time on BBL career, eyeing move into coaching

Brendon McCullum is calling time on his Big Bash League T20 career, with the the former Black Caps captain saying he is beginning to look at a career in coaching.

McCullum will not return for the Brisbane Heat next season, meaning he will play his last game this Friday at the Gabba when he plays against the Melbourne Stars.

The 37-year-old told his teammates after last night's win over the Strikers he would not take up the option of a final year on his contract, in which he scored 51 runs off 39 balls.

"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.

"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, loved by cricket fans around the world for his aggressive play and risky shot selections, has seen his T20 career slowly start to wind down after failing to pick up a contract in the Indian Premier League for the first time last year.

He was also removed as captain from the Heat this year, with fellow "Bash Brother" Chris Lynn taking over the reigns.

"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."

In 34 BBL innings, McCullum has collected 920 runs at an average of 27.88 mostly as an opener. His highest score is a 72 and has picked up nine 50s.

He has a strike rate of 136.5 having hit 38 sixes and 87 fours.

Brendon McCullum of the Brisbane Heat
Brendon McCullum of the Brisbane Heat Source: Getty

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