Griffith steps down as Hurricanes coach

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Adam Griffith has resigned as coach of the Hobart Hurricanes following the Big Bash League side’s early exit from the Finals.

Griffith, who was appointed head coach of the Hurricanes ahead of the 2018-19 tournament, will also immediately end his role as director of coaching for Cricket Tasmania.

He told Cricket Tasmania on Monday that he would not seek a contract extension for the positions.

“My two main goals have always been to win and produce Australian players,” he said.

“Several players from the Tigers and Hurricanes men’s programs have been selected for Australia over the past five years.

“However, although we have made several finals in both programs, we have not won the trophies that the Tasmanian fans deserve…I think the time has come for a new hand to help write the next chapters. .”

The failed Hurricanes finished fifth in the BBL11 in the summer and were knocked out by the Adelaide Strikers in the opening game of the final.

Hurricanes captain Matthew Wade recently said he and Griffith were split over the decision to strip him of the wicketkeeper role ahead of the final.

Hobart, who is yet to win a national Twenty20 title, topped the standings in Griffith’s first year in BBL08 but lost a do-or-die semi-final.

They were eliminated in the first week of the finals in BBL09 and missed the play-offs in BBL10.

Griffith was appointed as Tasmania’s head coach in the Sheffield Shield and one-day competitions in 2017, leading the state to a first class final in his first season.

He came after the last consecutive Shield seasons.

Griffith, who took 169 first-class wickets for Tasmania and Lancashire, said he still had a strong passion for coaching but wanted to spend more time with his family after difficult years.

Griffin was assistant coach when the Hurricanes reached the BBL final in 2017-18 and took over from South African Gary Kirsten in 2018.

Former Australian all-rounder James Faulkner in September accused Griffith of stabbing him “right in the back” when he left the Hurricanes.

Faulkner claimed that a disrespectful and embarrassing contract offer led to him leaving the franchise.

Cricket Tasmania chairman Andrew Gaggin said Griffith had rebuilt the Tigers and Hurricanes into real silverware contenders and both programs were in a better position than when he started.

Griffith stepped back as Shield head coach in 2019, becoming director of training.


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