Usman Khawaja, a long-serving member of the Sydney Thunder and a fan favourite, has been named captain of the Big Bash League for the 2021-22 season, which begins on December 5th. Khawaja replaces Callum Ferguson, who was released by the Thunder after the tenth season, in which they were placed third in the group stages before falling to the Brisbane Heat in the knockout stage.

It should be mentioned that Khawaja is the current captain of Queensland, the Sheffield Shield champions, and has represented Australia in all formats. He has been with the team since the beginning of the BBL and is the club’s all-time leading run scorer.

“Captaining any team is a huge honour, but captaining Sydney Thunder means a little more to me. I grew up in Western Sydney, just ten minutes from where the Thunder play at Sydney Showground Stadium, and I’ve never forgotten where I came from, even though I now live in Queensland”, Usman stated.

Khawaja didn’t forget to pay tribute to the club’s former captain, Ferguson, while taking over the reins, and said that his approach to leading the squad will be similar to Ferguson’s. Ferguson was an excellent teammate, according to the new skipper, and will undoubtedly be missed by all members of the club.

“Cal was a fantastic guy and a teammate, and he will undoubtedly be missed by the rest of us. Because I am the captain, I never change who I am. I’m generally a bit of a jokester around the team, and as a captain, that doesn’t alter. I know when to impart a serious lesson and when we can have a bit more fun. It’s business as usual for me,” Khawaja said.