Funny hitter Chris Lynn played his last game for the Brisbane Heat; the club has decided not to renew the contract with the BBL.
The Brisbane Heat fired favorite son Chris Lynn after his disappointing summer.
A key player for the Heat, Lynn is the franchise’s all-time top scorer, was twice named player of the tournament and was the first man to play 100 BBL games for the franchise alone.
Along with former New Zealand Test captain Brendon McCullum, Lynn was one of the Heat’s two “Bash Brothers,” who made the team one of the most exciting to watch in the early years of the tournament.
However, the 32-year-old was a far cry from his brilliant record in BBL | 11, averaging just under 18 points and scoring half a century only once.
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However, Queensland Cricket and Heat chief executive Terry Svenson said releasing Lynn was a difficult decision.
“It’s not a decision that came easily to heat by any means,” he said.
“Chris Lynn and his exploits have left an indelible impression on the club and it can be rightly said that his efforts over more than a decade have had an extremely positive effect on cricket.
“We should gratefully acknowledge the influence he has had on a generation of kids who have grown enthusiastic about his batting exploits.
“Her appearance in a teal sweater each year would undoubtedly be linked by many families at the start of their holidays, with BBL being an integral part of the summer vacation.”
Queensland Cricket Recruiting and Retention Committee chair Ian Healy acknowledged that the decision to cut Lynn could prove unpopular with fans.
“Chris Lynn will be missed by thousands, however, the decision we have made as a club is about building the legacy he leaves as a grassroots player, captain and ambassador for the Heat,” he said.
“We thank the Heat members, fans, business partners and sponsors for their sincere support of ‘Lynny’ and for recognizing her great performances over the past 11 seasons.
“He holds a very special place in our history”.
Lynn’s name has become synonymous with Heat, but her ax leaves her BBL career at a crossroads.
The league is in an embargo period, which means that rival franchises are unable to have binding contractual discussions with players.
After a summer of modest crowds, Lynn’s entertainment value could provide a significant boost for one of the Heat’s rivals both on and off the pitch, provided she can get back in shape.
Svenson said the Heat were working to secure Lynn’s replacement.
“There have been a number of fruitful discussions and our coach Wade Seccombe and his staff have worked hard to identify potential recruits for the upcoming season and beyond,” he said.
Originally published as Big Bash star Chris Lynn was cut by Brisbane Heat