An untimely Achilles injury prevented one of New Zealand's greatest ever cricketers from representing the Heat in BBL|02, but the good news is the outstanding all-rounder is signed through BBL|04.
Dan is universally respected for his cagey left-arm spinners and his skill batting in the lower order.
He has extensive experience in the Indian Premier League as a former captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore and showed his value in BBL|01, where he bowled tightly in the three games in which he was available and won a game against the Melbourne Renegades with his power hitting.
A Test debutant at 18 when the youngest player picked for New Zealand, he has become one of the most decorated and admired cricketers from the land of the long white cloud, being only the second New Zealander to play more than 100 Tests as well as taking more than 300 Test wickets and scoring in excess of 3000 runs, just the 8th player to do so.
He was Test captain of the Black Caps from 2007 to 2012, and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours. The same year he was also awarded an honorary Master of Science (Sport and Exercise Science) degree the Waikato Institute of Technology, joining an exclusive group including Sir Edmund Hillary.
Dan was a talented soccer player as a youngster, but suffered a broken vertebrae in his back as a 15-year-old when his team was in a bus crash.
He unwinds by listening to music, with Interpol a particular favourite, although as the father of three young kids, he is broadening his tastes to include The Wiggles.