Australian cricket captain, Pat Cummins, has inked a deal with Sydney Thunder as a marquee supplementary player for BBL|13.
A local from Western Sydney, Cummins is set to return to the domestic side, this time in a different capacity.
As the 19th supplementary player, Cummins finds himself outside of the primary 18-man playing squad. However, his inclusion provides the Thunder with the flexibility to bring him in if his schedule allows.
He will be a prominent ambassador for the club, engaging in promotional activities over the course of the summer.
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While Cummins is recognised for his role as the captain of the Australian cricket team, he is no stranger to the Sydney Thunder. He was part of the title-winning squad in BBL|05, and also had a stint with the club from BBL|05 to BBL|09 before his international duties.
After leading Australia in winning the World Test Championship, retaining the Ashes, and securing the ICC ODI World Cup within the last seven months, Cummins has been eager to reconnect with his Thunder family.
“I’m a Western Sydney guy at heart so I’m really glad I can be a part of the team this summer. International duties dictate I can’t be around as much as I’d like but I’m keen to have a voice and back the guys all the way,” he said.
Head of Sydney Thunder, Andrew Gilchrist, said: “We’re incredibly lucky to have Pat on board. He’s a true great of the game and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience.
“He has had a terrific impact on the team every year he’s been involved and I’m sure it’ll be the same even from afar this time around.”