Sydney Thunder has extended the contract of twenty year old all-rounder Arjun Nair on the same day it has confirmed that Homestar Finance has joined the club for the next two seasons as official partner.
Homestar Finance have been providing affordable home loans since 2004, their branding will be on both Sydney Thunder’s BBL and WBBL apparel and they will be strongly involved with the club’s male and female Indigenous teams.
“We are looking forward to supporting the Sydney Thunder and being part of the Thunder Nation this season. We are excited being part of an energetic, fun and family oriented version of the game of cricket,” said Homestar Finance COO Ilias Pavlopoulos.
“The Thunder Nation’s work behind the game in the local community is a big part of what we will be focusing our support on. We are taking our community support to a greater level.”
Arjun Nair played in every game last season, taking the competition by storm with nine wickets in his first eight games. He played the final two games of the season as a specialist bat after being suspended from bowling and scored 45 against the Melbourne Renegades at Manuka Oval.
After having his off-spin and carrum balls re-tested in May, his action was deemed legal although a back injury has prevented him from bowling so far this season, he is expected to be fully fit for the start of the KFC Big Bash League season.
“Having started last season pretty strongly it was a big blow to be suspended from bowling, not just for me but my family as well,” said Nair who has inked a two-year deal.
“Initially I was devastated but I was confident that I could come back and having the support of the coaching staff made it a lot easier.
“Watto also came out publicly and gave me his support. Knowing the team supported me was a good feeling. Sydney Thunder is like a second family to me.
“I want to enjoy every game with the big goal to win the Big Bash.”
Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon welcomed Homestar Finance to the club and was equally pleased to see Nair commit himself to the club for a further two seasons.
“There is no doubt that through his actions and behaviours he lives our purpose of inspiring the Thunder Nation,” said Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon.
“He is a fans favourite who showed great character last season which culminated in him showing his ability when he played as a batsman in our last match.
“The alignment of these values with our commercial partners is very important to our club. Homestar Finance is a relatively young and exciting company committed to making peoples dreams come true and with a strong commitment to contributing to the community. Our partnership provides a great opportunity to add value to our Thunder Nation both on and off the field.”
Sydney Thunder open their BBL campaign against the Melbourne Stars on 21 December at Manuka Oval before playing their first game in Sydney on 24 December against cross town rivals the Sydney Sixers.