Allan Border signs on to mentor Brisbane Heat
Australian cricket legend Allan Border has signed on to become a mentor with the Brisbane Heat for the upcoming Big Bash League.
The 59-year-old has previously limited his involvement to the boardroom, but under the new role would help with team selections and recruitment, work with individual players at training, travel with the squad and act as a match-day advisor.
The appointment, confirmed by the Heat today, also reunited Border with head coach Stuart Law - who captained the test great in the Bulls team that won Queensland's first ever Sheffield Shield title in 1994-1995.
With the 20-year anniversary of that victory coming up in March next year, Border said it was an exciting time to work with Law again.
''It would be nice to think we might be able to celebrate a BBL title together too when we all gather again to enjoy the Shield reunion,'' he said.
''I am very keen to be actively involved with a team again and hopefully I can help the coaching staff and the players nail some of the one-percenters that make the difference to a successful campaign.
''Unfortunately I didn't get to play T20 in my career but, as an administrator and a commentator, I've seen the BBL grow from its inception to the success it was last season.''
Border, who wound up his test career in 1994, has previously coached the Australian under-19s and Australia A teams, and was a national selector between 1998 and 2005. He was also director of Cricket Australian until 2009.
The Heat finished fifth last BBL season.