Carlos Brathwaite will exit the Big Bash League after defending champions Sydney Thunder's final league match against the Adelaide Strikers on Wednesday. Brathwaite will return to the Caribbean to represent Barbados in the Regional Super50 domestic one-day tournament.
Brathwaite said he will leave Australia on Thursday morning for Barbados, where the hosts will play their first Super50 match against Guyana on January 24. "Unfortunately, I still have to go home on [Thursday] morning to play in the Super50 tournament," Brathwaite told the Daily Telegraph Australia.
Brathwaite was hired by the Thunder as a replacement for fellow West Indies allrounder Andre Russell, who suffered a combination of hamstring and knee injuries. In the two matches he has played so far in the BBL, Brathwaite has taken five wickets: 2 for 31 against Hobart Hurricanes and 3 for 21 in the Saturday Sydney derby against the Sixers. He batted only against the Hurricanes and scored 6. He had become an instant hit in the tournament with his 'dab' celebrations.
Currently, the Thunder are placed sixth on the table and a win against the Strikers would keep them in contention for the knockouts.