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He’s been a stalwart of Sydney Thunder since KFC BBL|04 and it’s no secret Chris Green’s heart beats for Western Sydney.
And now it’s official, Thunder fan favourite Green is the ‘Best of the West’ after he was today unveiled as Thunder’s newest captain ahead of the KFC BBL|13.
The off spinner and middle order batter has been with the club for almost a decade and played just shy of 90 matches over that time.
In his second summer with the club, he helped his side win their only BBL title (BBL|05), taking the crucial wicket of Kevin Pietersen in the final against Melbourne Stars.
With 540 runs and 66 wickets to his name, Green is looking forward to taking on the leadership role and the opportunity for success this summer, as much as he is excited to represent the Western Sydney club’s fan base, the Thunder Nation.
“I have a lot of pride and passion in representing Sydney Thunder, I’ve always loved what we stand for, so I’m honoured to be named captain,” Green said.
“We are a loved club, and it feels so special to play for the Thunder Nation. We have the best members and fans in the competition.
“There’s a lot of hope and excitement around the squad we’ve built this year. With a nice mix of familiarity and talented new faces, we feel ready to take it all the way. We have that hunger, that drive, having been in the finals in recent years.
“The BBL is my favourite competition, it’s the same for a lot of the guys. I can’t wait to run out in front of our home crowd again this December and show them it’s our time.”
Teammate Gurinder Sandhu, another Thunder stalwart, who was born and raised in Blacktown in the heart of Thunder Nation, said:
“Greeny has a lot of experience in T20 cricket, I’m excited to see what he can build as captain.
“He’s been a constant here and even though he’s not from Western Sydney you can tell that’s where his heart lies. He’s so passionate about this club and our members and fans.
“I’ve no doubt Greeny will get the best out of the lads. We’re in for a good season, I can’t wait to get going!”
To mark the appointment of Green as the club’s BBL captain, Thunder today launched their ‘Best of the West’ match – a clash between Thunder and the Perth Scorchers at Sydney Showground Stadium on January 8.
The night will be a blend of community, culture and cricket as Thunder celebrate the best of Western Sydney, with fans able to immerse themselves in the vibrant energy and spirit of the west with an epic line-up of cultural performances, interactive workshops, local celebrity appearances, and special food offerings.