Former Australian player Ian Healy explained Brisbane Heat’s failure on winning matches over the years led to Chris Lynn’s departure from the club.
On Wednesday, Lynn and Heat parted ways after 11 seasons of the Big Bash League (BBL), the 32-year-old played 102 games for the club.
Lynn scored 3005 runs at 34.54 and a strike rate of 148.33. He scored 24 half-centuries and his only hundred (101) against Hobart Hurricanes in the 2015-16 BBL season.
However, Lynn’s dip in form was a major concern for the franchise, which has won only one title in the 2012-13 edition.
Lynn amassed 215 runs in 12 innings at an average of 17.91 and a strike rate of 125 as Heat finished at seventh place on the table with 16 points.
Don’t think the winning part has come easily for us: Ian Healy
Healy is the Queensland Cricket Director and was also part of the committee that decided to not hand a deal to Lynn.
“No behavioral or cultural issues came into this at all. To me, it was the fact that performing for the Brisbane Heat wasn’t enjoyable for Chris Lynn and our players on the other side weren’t growing so neither were enjoying the relationship. So it needed to change,” Healy told reporters on Wednesday.
In the years where Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum we still weren’t winning: Ian Healy
In the 2018/19 edition, Lynn took over the captaincy reins from McCullum and led the franchise in 50 matches having won 21 and losing 28.
Wicketkeeper-batter Jimmy Peirson replaced Lynn as the skipper of Heat last year after the latter aimed to focus on his batting.
Chris Lynn is not finished: Ian Healy
Lynn recently signed a deal to play with Northamptonshire in the T20 Blast, starting on May 25. Healy reckoned the Queensland player has five more years left in his career.