BBL coach stabbed me in the back: Faulkner

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James Faulkner claims a disrespectful and "embarrassing" low-ball offer led to his messy departure from BBL club Hobart, adding coach Adam Griffith stuck a "knife straight into my back".

Faulkner was the toast of Australian cricket in 2015, earning man-of-the-match honours after helping win the ODI World Cup final in front of 93,013 fans at the MCG.

The allrounder hasn't represented Australia since 2017 but, prior to his relationship with Griffith sensationally breaking down, remained a high-profile player in the Big Bash.

Faulkner detailed his side of the story on Friday, admitting he was "shattered" to be snubbed after joining Hobart in 2018 with a view to finishing his career at home.

The Tasmanian declared the Hurricanes' contract saga left him "stranded" and unable to join another BBL team, forcing him to now look at rival T20 leagues.

"It is very disappointing," Faulkner told SEN.

"They brought an initial offer to my manager ... it was pretty embarrassing.

"Pretty hard to take.

"Pretty disrespectful for what I've given to Tasmanian cricket. I've put my heart and soul into it ... it cut pretty deep.

"They actually called me in before I went to the Pakistan Super League to apologise, and it still never got sorted out.

"They just left me in the background really after promising me they'd sort it."

The 31-year-old, interviewed by close friend Tim Paine on the Test skipper's new radio program, was particularly scathing of Griffith.

"I thought (he) was one of my mates as well as the head coach," Faulkner said.

"(He said) the bowling group and the team have performed really well without me ... we need to move on and that he didn't really care.

"That's like sticking a knife straight into my back.

"That's not called for."

Griffith insisted last week the club was "very keen to keep James".

"Jimmy's had a lot of injuries and hasn't spent a lot of time on the park but when he has, he's been really good," he told cricket.com.au.

Faulkner fumed about Griffith "using" injuries against him.

"People don't really know the whole story but that cut me deep," he said.

"Last season I had an eight-week hamstring.

"I tried to come back in three and a half weeks and put my body on the line, so we had a shot at making finals.

"Which I was happy to do.

"But for the coach to use that against me I felt was wrong. Because it ended up costing myself when it came to other tournaments ... I had to start rehab again.

"It's all OK for them to say they want me but when they offered what they did ... it was pretty clear they didn't."

Former Hurricanes skipper Paine was "amazed" the BBL club let Faulkner go.

"I haven't seen him as upset as he is," Paine said.

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