Heat to plan for new era

09 February 2019 07:03:08 EST

Daniel Vettori's hopes of departing Brisbane Heat with a trophy will hinge on a favour from Sydney Sixers.

New Zealander Vettori opted not to extend his contract at the Gabba beyond the current campaign, having become the Big Bash League club's head coach four years ago.

The chances of qualification for the final stages were virtually nil when he informed the Heat hierarchy of his decision not to take up the option of another season.

However, having clambered off the bottom of the table, Brisbane finished their regular season campaign with an extraordinary win over Melbourne Stars that opened a door that previously appeared firmly closed.

The romp to a 157-run target in just 10 overs improved the Heat's run rate sufficiently to finish ahead of Sydney Thunder and means that they will progress to the semi-finals if the Stars fail to beat the Sixers on Sunday.

"The Heat have been very grateful to Dan for his involvement, as a player from the first season of BBL, and then as our coach for the past four seasons,'' said Brisbane general manager Andrew McShea.

"It's an end of an era for the Heat with both Brendon McCullum and now Dan leaving our club and we can only express our deepest gratitude to both men for their passion and dedication to the Heat during their time with us.

"We will take this opportunity to review our planning and our structures and look to make a fresh start in BBL09."

Brisbane Heat are 1212/1 to win the the Twenty20 Big Bash 2018/19 while Hobart Hurricanes can be backed at 1212/1, Melbourne Renegades at 1/1 and Melbourne Stars at 17/20.

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