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Melbourne Renegades Bid Farewell to BBL Coach David Saker Despite Contract

Melbourne Renegades Bid Farewell to BBL Coach David Saker Despite Contract

Melbourne Renegades, amidst a string of disappointing seasons, are parting ways with Big Bash League (BBL) coach David Saker, despite him having a year left on his contract. Saker, 57, was initially contracted for the 2024-25 season, marking his fourth year in charge since 2021. This decision comes after a lackluster season where the Renegades finished seventh in the BBL standings.

The Renegades’ struggles have been apparent since their inaugural title win in the 2018-19 season under Andrew McDonald’s coaching. However, McDonald’s departure to join the Australian team’s coaching staff led to a series of coaching changes within the Renegades. Michael Klinger took over for the 2019-20 season but endured a short stint, finishing at the bottom of the BBL for two consecutive seasons before departing for a role with Cricket New South Wales.

Saker’s tenure, starting in 2021-22, showed signs of promise when the Renegades finished third in 2022-23 after three consecutive last-place finishes. However, the team regressed in the following season, winning just two games out of ten.

The Renegades’ struggles extended beyond coaching changes, with a high turnover of players, including the axing of captain Nic Maddinson and the retirement of Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh due to injury issues. However, the team has begun making changes, signing Brisbane Heat opener Josh Brown and looking to appoint a new high-performance manager to revitalize the cricket program.

This move aligns with broader efforts within Cricket Victoria, as the Melbourne Stars have also advertised for a similar role. The aim is to foster stronger connections between the Victoria men’s program and the two Victoria-based BBL clubs, fostering a more cohesive and collaborative cricketing environment in the region.

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