Haynes, Copeland named GMs of Sixers and Thunder

Jasper Bruce |

Rachael Haynes is the new general manager of the Sydney Sixers.
Rachael Haynes is the new general manager of the Sydney Sixers.

Retired cricketers Rachael Haynes and Trent Copeland have been appointed general managers of BBL sides the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder, respectively.

Haynes, a long-term vice captain of the national team in her playing days, has been promoted from the now defunct position of head of club at the Sixers.

Fast bowler Copeland, who retired from playing last year, had previously served as Cricket NSW’s strategy and growth manager.

Trent Copeland
Trent Copeland becomes general manager of the Sydney Thunder. (Kelly Barnes/AAP PHOTOS)

Both have begun their new roles already as the Sixers and Thunder review the recent summer, and both are expected to continue their roles as media pundits.

“Rachael and Trent have impressed greatly in their most recent roles at Cricket NSW, showing the leadership and strategic thinking,” said Cricket NSW chief executive Lee Germon.

Chris Botherway and Andrew Gilchrist, previously in charge of Cricket NSW’s two BBL teams, have left the organisation.

The appointments come as Cricket NSW considers whether to re-sign off-contract coach Trevor Bayliss after the Thunder men’s side finished last in the BBL this summer. 

Cross-town rivals the Sixers reached the final of the BBL but lost to Brisbane Heat, while Cricket NSW’s WBBL sides enjoyed modest success in their own tournament.

Thunder import Chamari Athapaththu picked up player of the tournament but her side were knocked out in the first finals match and the fifth-placed Sixers missed the post-season.