Sean Abbott, who recently re-signed with the Sixers for three more years, said the playing group and the overall culture of the club were a huge influence in his decision to stay.
Despite being chased by rival clubs, BBL|07 will be now be Abbott’s fifth season in magenta. However, the decision wasn’t entirely easy for Abbott who said on Sixers FM podcast he had a few 'sleepless nights' but is more than happy to be staying.
“I was going to make sure I was making the right decision for my cricket moving forward and I think I’ve done that," said Abbott.
“I think we’re going to have a lot of success as a club over the next few years with the BBL and WBBL so that was sort of the main reason for staying.”
It wasn't just the potential for on field success that lured Abbott back, the positive atmosphere of the club was another reason Abbott chose to stay in magenta.
“I think we’ve got a great culture at the club where even if we lose a game, we’re over it pretty quickly and enjoying each other’s company," said Abbott.
“We usually have a good vibe about the place which is pretty special. I think it’s something that’s hard to find in a team environment.”
Although the Sixers lost the final against the Perth Scorchers at the WACA in BBL|06, the Sixers' women's side had just been crowned champions of WBBL|02 at the same venue. Abbott recalled the camaraderie of both sets of players after the BBL Final.
“The girls were in our change room after our game and we enjoyed a few drinks together and a laugh," said Abbott.
"It wasn’t just the guys’ team and the girls’ team, we both got together. It was a great night even though we didn’t get the result we wanted.”
The Sixers BBL side have five home games at the Sydney Cricket Ground in BBL|07. Three of those matches will be double headers with the WBBL team.