Former Kiwi skipper named as new Stars boss…
Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has been announced as the new head coach of the Melbourne Stars.
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Stars chief executive Clint Cooper confirmed Fleming would take over the role from Greg Shipperd for the 2015/16 season.
Despite reaching the semi-finals four times, Shipperd failed to guide the Stars to a BBL title in his four-year tenure at the franchise.
Fleming has coached the Chennai Super Kings to two IPL titles and says he is looking forward to bringing his experience to the Stars.
“I’ve been coaching in India for the past 7 years in the IPL and have watched the Big Bash League grow from afar. It’s a great opportunity to work with another T20 side – the Stars are an exciting club and I’m looking to develop my coaching through this opportunity as well,” Fleming said in a club statement.
“It will be a big change after Greg, who has been working with both the Stars and Victorian sides for four years; it’s going to be a different perspective coming from outside of that.
“Hopefully it’s an opportunity for me to bring in some fresh ideas from the IPL and my time as a New Zealand cricketer.”
Fleming will fly to Melbourne in March during the Cricket World Cup and will use the time to meet with club officials and players.