Rajshahi Kings have named their new head coach ahead of Bangladesh Premier League, which starts in January 2019. South African legend Lance Klusener has replaced New Zealander Daniel Vettori in head coach’s post.
Vettori was first named Rajshahi’s coach in March this year. With BPL moving from November to January, Vettori’s scheduled clashed with Brisbane Heat stint. Big Bash League’s upcoming season will commence from December 19, 2018 and end on February 17, 2019.
The former New Zealand captain opted Big Bash instead of BPL due to long-term contract.
Rajshahi Kings chief executive Tahmeed Huq informed, “Vettori signed the contract with Rajshahi Kings on the condition that he would not be available if the timing of the BPL coincided with Big Bash League, as his involvement with his Big Bash team was with a long-term contract.”
— Rajshahi Kings (@RKingsOfficial) September 6, 2018
Klusener is infamously known for that ‘historic’ run out in 1999 World Cup semi-final against Australia. He has established himself as a potential coach after finishing his playing career.
The 47-year-old South African has previously coached international teams as well as T20 leagues. He was previously a batting coach of Zimbabwean national team. He had a short stint with South Africa in 2015. He coached a domestic team Dolphins, where he started his coaching career in 2012. He was with Mumbai Indians in 2011 IPL. He has recently been added as consultant of Delhi’s Ranji team.
Klusener once turned down Bangladesh’s bowling coach role proposal in 2010.