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Usman Khawaja has parted ways with the Sydney Thunder, citing family obligations

Usman Khawaja, who began his career in the Big Bash League with the Sydney Thunder in 2011, has decided to leave the franchise owing to family obligations. The left-hander has scored the most runs for the franchise in the last decade, with 1818 runs in 59 matches, and his BBL 2016 tenure will always be remembered for his 345 runs in four games to help his organisation win the title.

Khawaja was recently reintroduced to the Australian playing XI following a pair of centuries in his comeback game against England in the Ashes 2021-22 and is now also on the Pakistan tour. With Travis Head reintroduced to the playing XI at number five, Australia were left with little choice but to secure Khawaja at the top. However, it will be interesting to see whether the 35-year-old opens the batting alongside David Warner in Pakistan.

Khawaja stated that he wishes to remain close to his birthplace of Brisbane, owing to the anticipated arrival of his second child with his wife Rachel. The veteran hitter discussed his emotions around his departure from the franchise where he spent more than a decade and stated that he will always care about the club even though he is no longer a member.

Khawaja said that he has been a part of the organisation since its inception and emphasised his role in propelling the team ahead. He has represented Australia in 46 Tests, 40 One-Day Internationals, and nine Twenty20 Internationals, amassing over 4600 runs across all forms.