BPL T20 franchise Rajshahi Kings inked a two-year deal with former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori as the head coach. The Kings through their social media platforms made the announcement of the signing of the former Kiwi left-arm spinner.
Appointing Vettori means the BPL side ended their association with Bangladeshi coach Sarwar Imran. Imran was the head coach of the Kings in the BPL seasons 2016 and 2017 when the side had finished second and sixth respectively.
Kings CEO Tahmeed Azizul Haque told Dhaka Tribune that the franchise are excited to get New Zealand legend Vettori as the head coach.
"We are very happy to have Daniel on board as the head coach for 2018 and 2019 BPL seasons. With his experience as a specialist coach in the T20 format, Daniel will not only help the team but also the local youngsters in this very exciting format," said Tahmeed to Dhaka Tribune Thursday.
Vettori, who announced his retirement from international cricket following the 2015 World Cup, has bagful of experiences working in different franchise T20 leagues around the globe.
The 39-year old from Auckland is currently the head coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL T20, Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash T20 League and Middlesex in the T20 Blast in England.
Vettori's inclusion means the BPL will have yet another decorated former cricketer as head coach. Last season, Khulna Titans and BPL 2017 champion Rangpur Riders created a lot of headlines appointing Sri Lanka legend Mahela Jayawardene and former Australia cricketer Tom Moody respectively as head coach.
The sixth edition of the BPL T20 is likely to be held in October this year. However, the BPL governing council is yet to make a final decision on the schedule for the money-spinning event.