Australia news July 9, 2012

Vettori signs three-year deal with Brisbane Heat

ESPNcricinfo staff

Daniel Vettori has become the Big Bash League's first international signing for this season, agreeing to a three-year deal with the Brisbane Heat. The BBL contract window opened on Monday and the eight teams have a fortnight to lock in the majority of their players, which can include two from overseas, and all players are up for grabs having become free agents after the first BBL.

But Vettori was keen to continue his association with Brisbane and Queensland, which began when he turned out for the Bulls in the 2009-10 Big Bash. Last summer he returned to the Gabba, playing three games for the Brisbane Heat in between his commitments for Northern Districts in New Zealand's Twenty20 tournament, which ran at the same time.

"I had a really good time last season," Vettori said. "They were a great bunch of blokes led by a top coach in Darren Lehmann and his support staff, which made for a very enjoyable environment to play cricket in. It was a pretty easy decision to make to come back. It's another chance to play in front of the fans at the Gabba which is a great ground.

"It's nice to have the security with the three-year deal. Knowing you can commit to the team and the fans for the next few seasons, it means you know where you are going to be and can plan around that. I'm looking forward to it."

Again this year, Vettori will juggle his responsibilities for Northern Districts with his BBL matches, which will mean regular flights between Australia and New Zealand. However, he said his preparation was not too badly affected last season and he believed he would be able to handle the dual commitments again.

"It was difficult at times but still manageable for me last season," Vettori said. "It doesn't really affect your performance. You have to make sure you are prepared and up for every game when it comes around."

Darren Lehmann, the Brisbane Heat coach, said Vettori was an important member of the squad last season, when the Heat finished fifth and narrowly missed a place in the semi-finals.

"Dan showed last season his value for us," Lehmann said. "He's a great leader on and off the field where he is always a highly motivated team member. As a coach, he's the ultimate professional. I think he's a wonderful fit for the Heat and would expect that he will perform an important role for us for the next few seasons."

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  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Good signing for Heats.. alwaya a PLUS to have Vettori in a T20 side !

  • Andrew on July 10, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    @Fluid36 - "...when was the last time Aus had a decent spinner?" - um, last test they played, fella named Lyon, has done quite well for himself!!!!!!!!!!

  • Michael on July 9, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    RandyOZ, I know it's been said before but you spout more rubbish than the average sewage outlet, by the way when was the last time Aus had a decent spinner? I think we all know the answer to that!

  • Levi on July 9, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Brendan Ross Murray Taylor. Sign him up!!! I know they already have Vettori but Taylor has risen so much to prominence that surely he must be on the radar if not for Brisbane then somebody...of course his schedule with Zimbabwe would need to be considered but lets just get the big wigs of the BBL throwing his name around...put Hamilton Masakadza in the hat as well.

  • Freeza on July 9, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Vettori may as well just retire from internationals now and play in all the T20 leagues as it seems thats all he cares about (and his stats).

  • josh on July 9, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    The Heat will be stoked with securing the best spinner in world cricket for the next 3 yrs.

  • Roo on July 9, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Great pick up by Brisbane - its been good watching him playing at the Gabba & the 3 years contract will make it easier for Vettori to juggle his workload... Vettori is still one of the better allrounders & talented leaders are always important in teams that only play in the one short comp... Travel will not be any problems as Brisbane to Auckland is little different than Brisbane to Adelaide, Hobart - while Perth's team has to travel much greater distances...

  • narbavi on July 9, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    @RandyOZ: Vettori is a lot better than Swann in t20's check stats man!! Vettori chokes opposition in t20!! So i say its a good signing!!

  • Satish on July 9, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    I guess this is going to be the future of cricket.. What i miss is, the response from quarters had this been related to IPL! Who knows, even now some will blame IPL for this..

  • Andrew on July 9, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    I think Dan is playing with fire, criss crossing for matches so much. I know it is done in other sports, but he is getting on a bit.

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