Chris Green takes up Pakistan T20 deal after Thunder’s premature exit

Green, who was elevated to the vice-captaincy this summer, received a call a couple of days ago about linking with the Sultans, the same franchise Steve Smith had signed on to play for before he suffered an elbow injury.


«I’m going over as a replacement player for Dan Christian and James Vince at the start [of the PSL] with the Multan Sultans while those two finish their Big Bash finals campaign,» Green told the Herald.

«Then Andre Russell leaves after they arrive and I’ll become a replacement player for him.

«I’m looking forward to getting my first opportunities to play over there. The last two years I’ve gone close to playing [with Lahore and then Quetta], but this year I’d love to showcase what I’ve been doing in the BBL, the Caribbean Premier League and T10 League.

«I put a lot of hard work into my game over the last few years, particularly with the bat.

«To execute what I’ve wanted to was a real positive. I’ve always seen myself as an all-rounder, and to prove that to myself a lot more at Big Bash level, I was really proud with what I was able to achieve.»

Blackout: Chris Lynn of the Heat talks to match officials after play was abandoned at the Gabba in the result that ultimately cost the Thunder.

Blackout: Chris Lynn of the Heat talks to match officials after play was abandoned at the Gabba in the result that ultimately cost the Thunder.Credit:AAP

There was almost an empty feeling when the Thunder knocked over the competition leaders at a packed Manuka Oval on Saturday night.

Only three players boarded the 45-seat coach on the way back to Sydney on Sunday as the rest of the players, including Green, made hasty arrangements to honour commitments all over the globe.


Green batted in the middle order with an average of 47 and strike rate at 136.5 while he took eight wickets at an economy of 6.9 runs an over.

As easy as it was to blame the seventh pre-finals exit in eight seasons on the Gabba gee-up, Green said the Thunder butchered a few other chances.

«The nature of this game and tournament, you’re going to get circumstances that arise, but in all honesty there were a number of games we found ourselves in winning positions and lost them,» Green said.

«If one of those results were different, we’d be preparing for finals next week.

«It was a rollercoaster tournament for us, we were able to beat the best teams and beat them comfortably, but also play some not-so-good cricket.

«Winning last night was great and to finish on a high, but there was also a sour taste and that [desire] to come back for more next season.»

Shane Watson scored a century and will definitely return as skipper next summer, Jason Sangha and Baxter Holt are players of the future, while Callum Ferguson showed his class with the bat.

Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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