McCullum to leave Heat

04 February 2019 03:09:32 EST

Brendon McCullum will look to wind down his playing career over the next 12 months as he contemplates a switch to coaching.

The 37-year-old former New Zealand captain, who won 432 caps for his country, has opted not to take up a contract extension with Brisbane Heat at the Big Bash League.

"I will continue to play T20 cricket in 2019 in various competitions around the world and will then look to transition into a coaching career," McCullum said in a statement.

"The prospect of being able to transfer the skills, experience and leadership I have been lucky enough to bank over my long T20 and also international career into coaching is very exciting.

"I have absolutely loved playing for the Heat. The fans have been amazing with their support and I have enjoyed seeing the pleasure they get from coming to our matches and having fun.

"I've had a great time playing with my teammates, and it was a privilege to captain them. Coming into Brisbane each year before the start of the competition was always a highlight."

McCullum joined the Heat ahead of the first season of the Big Bash and bows out at the end of the eighth.

He did not play in their title-winning season of 2012/13 but went on to captain the franchise before handing on the responsibility to Australia international Chris Lynn.

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