WBBL team Melbourne Renegades announced signing Simon Helmot as the head coach of the side on Monday. The former Australian cricketer will assume the role for the next two seasons of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).
Helmot’s appointment will give a significant boost to the side as he possesses a vast experience in the international cricket. He will also replace the 42-year-old Lachlan McRae Stevens as the new coach who resigned last month.
Renegades could count on his experience
Simon, 49, has had stints as a coach in many T20 leagues across the globe such as the Indian Premier League (IPL), Caribbean Premier League, Afghan Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League, and the Big Bash League.
He was also a part of the Renegades team in the inaugural season of the BBL tournament. Moreover, he also served as assistant coach to both men & women’s teams.
“It was a great experience returning to the Renegades last season and, in my first year in the WBBL, I was really impressed by the talent across the competition,” Helmot said in a statement.
“It was a tough season for us in terms of results, but winning three of our last five games highlights the resilience and character of the group, so I’m really excited to be working with them again and seeing what we can build over the next couple of seasons,” he added.
David Lever, general manager of Melbourne Renegades also praised the Helmot for the amount of energy he brings in.
“Simon brings a positive attitude and an enthusiastic approach to the role, supplemented by more than 15 years coaching experience across the globe,” Lever said.
“He was able to form a strong connection with our playing group last season and his passion, work ethic and care are some of his characteristics that have and will continue to resonate with our club” he added.
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