BBL: Big Bash League team Sydney Thunder on Friday informed that former New Zealand cricketer Shane Bond won’t renew the contract with the franchise. The former pacer has opted out from the contract extension stating he intends to spend time with his family.
Bond has been associated with the Thunder as in charge from the last three seasons and even helped them reach the top 3 in the previous edition.
“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.” he further added.
The 45-year-old is currently with the Mumbai Indians franchise for the ongoing season of IPL 2021. He has been one of the crucial figures for Sydney Thunder as he almost turned the fortunes for the side last season.
Bond also stated that he has also opted out of The Hundred tournament where he was the head coach of the Southern Braves.
“Shane has done a fantastic job over the last three years, ensuring the Thunder are in a good place for whoever takes on the role,” Greg Mail, Cricket New South Wales’ head of cricket, said.
Following Bond’s resignation, the franchise is now looking for a new head coach and captain for next season.
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