Daniel Vettori, New Zealand spin legend, has been appointed as the head coach of the Men’s team of Birmingham Phoenix for the upcoming Hundred 2022 tournament. He will replace Australia’s Andrew McDonald in the position after he was appointed the head coach of the Australia men’s team.
Vettori was previously an assistant coach at Phoenix but acted as interim head coach for the inaugural edition of the Hundred in 2021 when McDonald remained with the Australian side as an assistant amid travel and scheduling issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Phoenix finished as runners-up in the competition, losing to Southern Brave in the final.
“I absolutely loved my time working with the Birmingham Phoenix squad as head coach last summer, so taking on the role on a permanent basis was a very easy decision. We made great strides in the first season and all coaches and players loved seeing the tournament develop, and we had such great support every time that we took to the field at Edgbaston,” Vettori was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
We Want To Go One Better- Daniel Vettori After Being Named Birmingham Phoenix Head Coach
Daniel Vettori has also been involved in coaching roles with CPL side Barbados Royals, Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash, Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, and Middlesex in the Vitality Blast. He recently worked with Andrew McDonald for the limited-overs leg of Australia’s tour of Pakistan, acting as a spin-bowling consultant while McDonald was interim head coach.
He further said that in his new position, Vettori wanted the Phoenix to do better this time and win the Hundred competition.
“However, we want to go one better. It’s a tough competition, but we’ve retained well and recruited some excellent players through the draft. We look an even stronger outfit than in 2021 and hopefully we can continue to entertain the Birmingham Phoenix fans who get behind us,” Vettori added.
The Hundred men’s competition begins on August 3, with Southern Brave hosting Welsh Fire. Phoenix will start their campaign away to Trent Rockets three days later and play their first home fixture against Brave at Edgbaston on August 10.