Usman Khawaja leave Sydney Thunder due to family reasons

Usman Khawaja, who debuted in the Big Bash League with the Sydney Thunder in 2011, has decided to leave the team owing to family obligations. In the last decade, the left-hander has scored the most runs for the franchise, with 1818 runs in 59 games, and his performance in the BBL 2016 will be remembered for smacking 345 runs in four games to help his team win the tournament.

Khawaja has returned to the Australian playing XI after scoring two hundred in his comeback game against England in the Ashes 2021-22, and he is now on the Pakistan tour. With Travis Head back in the starting XI at number five, Australia had no choice but to put Khawaja at the top of the order. It will be interesting if the 35-year-old opens the batting alongside David Warner in Pakistan.
It's a tough decision for Usman Khawaja With the upcoming arrival of his second kid with his wife Rachel, Khawaja stated that he wishes to stay near his hometown of Brisbane, which reflected his decision. The veteran batter discussed his feelings on leaving the franchise where he has spent more than a decade, saying that he will always care about the team even though he is no longer a member.

Khawaja went on to say that he has been a part of the franchise since the beginning and that he has made significant contributions to the team's success. He has represented Australia in 46 Tests, 40 One-Day Internationals, and nine Twenty20 Internationals, scoring over 4600 runs across all forms.