Sydney Thunder SACK Afghan fast bowler Fazalhaq Farooqi over an off-field incident

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Sydney Thunder SACK Afghan fast bowler Fazalhaq Farooqi for off-pitch incident as team ‘offers support to all parties affected’

A behavioral complaint has prompted the Sydney Thunder to terminate the Big Bash League contract of Afghan import Fazalhaq Farooqi.

The complaint concerned an incident that took place last Thursday and led to a hearing by Cricket Australia’s Conduct Commissioner.

After four games into the 2022-23 season, the Thunder opted to immediately cut ties with Farooqi after the hearing, saying in a statement that “support has been offered to all affected parties.”

The Sydney Thunder have terminated the contract of Afghan importer Fazalhaq Farooqi

The Sydney Thunder have terminated the contract of Afghan importer Fazalhaq Farooqi

In a separate statement, Cricket Australia said it supported the decision to cancel Farooqi.

“The behaviors displayed by Fazalhaq Farooqi are outside our values ​​and it was determined that his contract would be terminated,” Cricket NSW chief executive Lee Germon said.

“Our focus now is to provide the necessary support to those affected by this incident.”

Cricket NSW declined to elaborate on the nature of the behavioral complaint when contacted by AAP.

The fast bowler joined the Sydney Thunder for this year's Big Bash League.

The fast bowler joined the Sydney Thunder for this year’s Big Bash League.

The Afghan fast bowler took five wickets in four games for the Sydney Thunder

The Afghan fast bowler took five wickets in four games for the Sydney Thunder

The Thunder have yet to determine if he will replace Farooqi, who also replaced platinum draft pick David Willey, the fast left-arm Englishman who retired before the tournament began.

The latest incident continues a rocky start to the summer for the Thunder, who sit next to bottom on the ladder with just one win in four games.

The team was bowled out for the lowest total in professional men’s T20 cricket (15 runs) in their second game of the tournament by the Adelaide Strikers.

In the next game, the Thunder lost captain Jason Sangha to a clavicle injury that will likely end his BBL season and also lost highly rated spinner Tanveer Sangha to a back injury.