Australian batter Chris Lynn on Wednesday parted ways with Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League (BBL) after spending 11 years with them.
Lynn played 102 matches for the Heat and 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.
Chris Lynn is the highest run-scorer in BBL
Lynn, who was the foundation player of the club, is the leading run-scorer of the tournament and has also hit the most sixes (180).
The 2012-13 BBL champions decided to not offer a deal to the swashbuckling player from Queensland.
Chris Lynn and his feats have made an indelible impression on the club: Heat CEO
Brisbane Heat and Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson said it was a tough decision for the club to release their most-capped player.
“It’s not a decision that has come easily to the Heat by any means. Chris Lynn and his feats have made an indelible impression on the club, and his efforts over more than a decade can rightly be said to have had an enormously positive effect on cricket,” Svenson said.
“The Heat wish him nothing but the best for the future as he transitions into another phase of his career and thank him wholeheartedly for his commitment to the game in Queensland,” he added.
Lynn formed a lethal batting combination with New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum for the majority of the years. The duo was called ‘Bash Brothers’ for their bond and destructive show on the pitch.
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.
Lynn was named player of the tournament in BBL 5 for scoring 378 runs from 218 balls at a strike rate of 173.4.
Lynn was also part of the Brisbane Heat team that defeated Perth Scorchers in the 2012-13 final.