Former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond has been appointed as the bowling coach of Big Bash’s Sydney Thunder.
Bond, who was working as an assistant coach at Brisbane Heat previously alongside his former teammate Daniel Vettori, has signed a three-year deal at Thunder. The franchise had recently parted ways with former coach Paddy Upton, who led them to the title in the fifth edition. Following the victorious campaign, Thunder endured two ordinary seasons which prompted a change.
Bond after being appointed as head coach, said: “The chance to lead a programme at a club which is full of great people on and off the field was very appealing. I want to win trophies and have a squad of players and coaches that other teams are envious of. There’s some exciting young players in the Thunder squad as well as some experienced old bulls, if we can blend that together we’ll have a successful team.”
He added: “I’ve been a Bowling and Assistant Coach for eight years, but you’re always thinking about how you’d do things yourself if you were leading a side. I love to coach, not just manage people and I enjoy making players better cricketers. The supporters are very passionate in Sydney and hopefully we can play some good cricket for them to get behind.”