When David Willey had to drop out of the competition, Sydney Thunder brought the Afghan as Willey’s replacement in the squad.
Australia’s Fazalhaq Farooqi (left-arm quick), formerly of the Afghanistan national cricket team, has been signed by the Sydney Thunder as an international replacement player for the upcoming BBL season.
After being selected as a platinum player by Thunder in the inaugural BBL overseas player draught in August, Farooqi joined the team to take Willey’s place after the Englishman withdrew from the tournament.
Farooqi’s T20 World Cup bowling was outstanding, as he took 1 for 24 against England and 2 for 29 against Australia while allowing only 6.52 runs per over.
General manager Andrew Gilchrist of the Thunder expressed his team’s excitement about adding the left-handed pitcher after Willey’s withdrawal.
Gilchrist remarked, “Fazalhaq Farooqi is an emerging talent.” His strong performances in the World Twenty20 Cup and the Asia Cup have made him an excellent addition to the Thunder.
While the loss of David Willey was devastating, it has provided an opportunity for Farooqi to further establish his place as one of cricket’s most promising young stars.
Over the years, Afghanistan has had a lot of success with its players in the BBL. Other players including Zahir Khan, Noor Ahmad, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Qais Ahmad have also left their mark with the Adelaide Strikers. Still, Rashid Khan has been the team’s undisputed star and adopted South Australian.
We anticipate that Fazalhaq will contribute to the growing reputation of Afghan cricketers as fearless players and extraordinary showmen.
As the competition progresses, Thunder will likely bring in another international substitute player to take the place of Alex Hales, who is leaving for the ILT20 in the United Arab Emirates.
Sydney Thunder squad:
Ben Cutting, Ollie Davies, Brendan Doggett, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Baxter Holt, Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Rilee Rossouw, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, David Warner