After three years at the helm, opener Chris Lynn has decided to step down from the captaincy role of the Brisbane Heat in Australia’s Big Bash League.
The side had finished fourth on the points table last season but was knocked out in the penultimate game – the Challenger – by Perth Scorchers. Chris Lynn was Heat’s best batsman in the tournament – despite missing 4 games due to injury – as, with the help of 5 half-centuries, the right-hander amassed 458 runs in 13 innings at 35.23 striking at 154.72.
Chris Lynn had also captained the side during the 2015-16 season before handing over to Brendon McCullum.
He is the leading run-scorer in the history of the tournament – 2790 runs at 37.20, with a strike rate of 151.05; with 172 sixes he is well ahead of other batters in the league.
It has been a huge honour to skipper the Heat: Chris Lynn
After returning from the postponed IPL 2021 season, Chris Lynn had thought about his decision to step down and then informed Queensland Cricket about the same. The club has not named the new skipper yet, but Jimmy Peirson is considered to be the likely player to take the vacant position as he deputised captained the side when Chris Lynn was injured last season.
“It has been a huge honour to skipper the Heat for the last three years andI am very grateful for all the backing and support from the players, coaching and backroom staff and the loyal Heat fans and sponsors,” Chris Lynn said in a statement.“I am very proud to have led the boys and I have really enjoyed my time as captain. I have thought long and hard about my decision, and I think it is the right time for someone else to take over the reins and keep building with this talented group of players.“The group are in a really good space after last season’s BBL, and I think this is the best way forward for the club and for me as a player and I am confident the Heat can build on last year’s successful campaign,” he added.