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BBL 2021-22 – James Faulkner hits out ‘disrespectful’ treatment over Hobart Hurricanes exit

BBL 2021-22 - James Faulkner hits out 'disrespectful' treatment over Hobart Hurricanes exit

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“I’ve put my heart and soul into it and to hear their initial offer…it cut pretty deep”

Former Australia allrounder James Faulkner feels disrespected and shattered following a contract saga that has led to his departure from Hobart Hurricanes.

Faulkner, 31, will not play for Hurricanes this year, and appears very unlikely to play in the BBL altogether, after turning down a one-year contract offer that he claims was “pretty embarrassing”.

Faulkner made the comments on SEN Hobart, in an interview with close friend and Australia Test captain Tim Paine who was co-hosting the show.

“I found it pretty hard to take when I first heard it on the phone,” Faulkner said. “I found it pretty disrespectful for what I’ve sort of given to Tasmanian cricket. I’ve put my heart and soul into it and to hear their initial offer, and that is what it all comes down to, it cut pretty deep.

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“I know what I’m worth. I’ve signed enough contracts around the world for different teams. I didn’t want more. I just wanted what was fair and what I thought I was worth and even maybe a little bit less. But it just comes back to that first offer. I didn’t feel respected as a player or a person or a Tasmanian athlete. I’m just shattered how it has all played out.”

Faulkner, who last played international cricket for Australia in 2017, joined Hurricanes in his home state of Tasmania ahead of the 2018-19 BBL season after seven years at Melbourne Stars on a three-year deal that finished at the end of last season.

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