The Sydney Thunder have unceremoniously dumped membership captain Callum Ferguson in a shock transfer after bowing out of the KFC BBL|10 finals.
The 36-year-old Ferguson was the Thunder’s second-leading run-scorer in BBL|10 – behind solely England import Alex Hales – having piled up 405 runs at 31.15 at a strike fee of 123.85, all whereas main the Thunder to 3rd on the BBL|10 ladder with eight wins from their 14 video games within the common season.
Ferguson revealed on his social media accounts the Thunder have been transferring on with out him.
“Sadly I used to be notified yesterday that I can’t be supplied a contract with (the Thunder) for subsequent season,” Ferguson wrote.
Whereas Ferguson thanked the Thunder for his time on the membership, he later revealed he was initially “fairly indignant” at how he felt the membership went about shuffling him out the door, having first joined forward of BBL|07 on a three-year contract.
“I feel the preliminary response was simply shock,” Ferguson mentioned on ABC Grandstand immediately.
“It is a lengthy day when you hear the information. It was late morning … as soon as I received the information it definitely is a variety of feelings.
“I used to be fairly indignant and ticked off once I first received the information.”
Having sought conferences with the Thunder to speak about his enjoying future, Ferguson mentioned his administration workforce had been given the chilly shoulder by the membership’s administration who dithered on contract negotiations all through the summer season.
“We (Ferguson and his supervisor) had gone to the Thunder and we have been trying to re-sign. They needed to carry on it. I began the season rather well and we went again to them once more and so they needed to carry once more,” Ferguson mentioned.
“I missed out a number of instances in the course of the season after which completed rather well so we went again to them once more. They have been non-committal which is a little bit of an understatement.
“My supervisor actually could not get a return telephone name from the Thunder for per week and a half. No response to textual content messages and emails which was irritating, however anyway that is the best way that went.
“We lastly heard from them yesterday. It’s disappointment and shock, then it received to anger at completely different levels by the day. Ultimately, I feel I received to the purpose the place I used to be like, you realize what, one door closes and one other one opens.”
The Sydney Thunder declined the chance to remark when approached this night.
Ferguson mentioned he was eager to discover a new dwelling within the BBL and would certainly make a sexy proposition for a number of golf equipment in search of his class, expertise and management within the center order.
“It could possibly be a bit journey that could possibly be thrilling. Definitely, I am trying ahead and never again now,” Ferguson mentioned.
Ferguson led the Thunder into the BBL Finals in his two seasons as skipper since taking up from Shane Watson after his Massive Bash retirement, whereas additionally being a powerful contributor with the bat.
They have been a win away from making the BBL|09 Ultimate final summer season after solely sneaking into fifth spot, and have been among the many title favourites this season having been within the high two for a lot of the event, earlier than ending third behind the Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers.
He’d publicly expressed his need to “don the inexperienced once more” final weekend after their season ended within the Knock-Out Ultimate towards the Brisbane Warmth, and whereas he referred to as time on his first-class profession in November, expects to play for South Australia within the Marsh One-Day Cup marketing campaign within the coming months.
Past that, the 36-year-old is eyeing a profession as a short-form freelancer.
“If COVID permits us to, I am going to attempt to journey and play some T20 cricket all over the world,” Ferguson mentioned final week. “I am eager to play some white-ball cricket for a number of years but.
“Whereas I really feel like I am contributing and enjoying good cricket and having fun with it – which I’m with this (Thunder) group – I am going to definitely attempt to preserve enjoying.”
BBL|10 Finals Collection
(all matches will display on Channel 7, Fox Cricket & Kayo)
The Eliminator: Brisbane Heat (4) beat Adelaide Strikers (5) by six wickets
The Qualifier: Sydney Sixers (1) beat Perth Scorchers (2) by nine wickets
The Knock-Out: Brisbane Heat (4) beat Sydney Thunder (3) by seven wickets
The Challenger: Perth Scorchers (2) beat Brisbane Heat (4) by 49 runs (DLS)