Jason Gillespie: Yorkshire clear coach for Big Bash job

Andrew Gale and Jason Gillespie
Yorkshire have lost just three Championship matches in the three seasons Gillespie (right) has been in charge

County champions Yorkshire will allow first-team coach Jason Gillespie to take a job in next winter's Big Bash League in his native Australia alongside his Headingley commitments.

The former pace bowler has been linked with the BBL and at least two teams are seeking new coaches for 2015-16.

"I would be happy to chat to interested parties in the BBL," said Gillespie.

"The important aspect is that Yorkshire are happy for me to pursue an interest in coaching during the next BBL."

Highs and lows of an illustrious playing career
Jason Gillespie took 259 wickets in 71 Tests for Australia, including 65 in 18 Ashes appearances against England, and also made a double century against Bangladesh in his final Test innings in 2006.
He also picked up 142 wickets in 97 one-day internationals, but did not appear in either the 1999 or 2003 World Cups - both of which Australia won.
His most painful moment came in Kandy in 1999 when an on-field collision with team-mate Steve Waugh left him with a broken leg - and Waugh with a broken nose.

Gillespie, 39, was appointed by Yorkshire in November 2011 and guided the team to promotion back to Division One of the County Championship in his first season in charge.

However, he surpassed that last summer as the White Rose county won the Championship title for the first time since 2001.

"We will not stand in Jason's way if he was to be approached by a BBL franchise," said chief executive Mark Arthur.

"We see it as a positive, which will enhance our reputation as a leading club across the world.

"Having our coach immersed in the BBL would gain invaluable insights into a competition that is highly rated.

"It will also give us a refined approach in our efforts to be successful in the T20 Blast competition.

"Jason is one of the most sought after coaches in the game and his approach and standing in the dressing room is helping us to become a very competitive side across all formats."