Former New Zealand Test bowler and current Brisbane Heat Assistant Coach Shane Bond has been appointed as the club’s new Head Coach for the KFC Big Bash League.
The former quick played 18 Tests, 82 ODI’s and 20 T20I’s and has signed a three-year contract.
“The chance to lead a programme at a club which is full of great people on and off the field was very appealing,” said Shane Bond.
“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.
“I’m looking forward to getting to Western Sydney and meeting the players and everyone in the organisation.”
The 42-year old’s coaching career has seen him involved with the New Zealand and England national sides, while he has been the bowling coach for the Mumbai Indians since 2015.
“It’ll be sad to say goodbye to the Brisbane Heat, they’re a great franchise who have been very good to me,” said Bond.
“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.”
Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon believes Shane Bond has the ability and experience to coach at the highest level.
"I am very pleased to welcome Shane to the Thunder Nation," said Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon.
"He is widely regarded as one of the worlds leading bowling coaches and I have no doubt he is ready and equipped to be a head coach.
"He has extensive T20 club and international experience and he has shown all the requirements for contemporary, world leading, T20 coaching."
Sydney Thunder finished sixth last season in the KFC Big Bash League with four wins from ten games.