BBL 2022: Usman Khawaja signed a four-year contract with the Brisbane Heat on Wednesday, June 29. Khawaja, Sydney Thunder’s leading run-scorer in the Big Bash League, had quit the team for family reasons.
“I always thought I would finish off as a Thunder player, but it is funny how things change,” Usman Khawaja quoted.
Khawaja, who resides in Brisbane with his family and is Queensland’s Sheffield Shield and Marsh Cup captain, had previously played for Thunder in the BBL. Because of the length of his deal, he will be with the Heat until he is 39 years old.
Usman Khawaja to miss the first half of BBL 2022
Khawaja will captain the Heat when he returns, although he will miss the first half of the 2022 BBL season while on Test duty for Australia. He is expected to be ready after the conclusion of the Sydney Test against South Africa on January 8, with the BBL season expected to last until the end of that month. When Khawaja is unavailable, Jimmy Peirson, who captained the Heat the previous season, will take over as captain.
“I have been loosely tied with the Heat through my Queensland roles for several years, and so I am looking forward to the challenge of trying something new by joining them now. I do love playing in the BBL and now I am with the Heat for the coming years, I am very excited,” Usman added.
Khawaja’s move to the Brisbane Heat addresses the vacuum left by Chris Lynn, who was not signed by the management due to poor form in the previous season. Usman has been in superb form after his test return and would hope to continue the form in the shortest format as well. He also will have additional responsibilities as a captain.