Chris Lynn, the BBL’s all-time leading run-scorer, has signed with Adelaide Strikers in a deal that will see him play 11 of the 14 group games before travelling to the UAE to play for the Gulf Giants in the ILT20.
He did this by signing a ground-breaking part-season contract with the Adelaide Strikers.
It is a big deal that a compromise has been made that will allow Lynn to split his time between the two T20 tournaments. He will be given a No Objection Certificate starting on January 20, and Lynn’s final game with the Strikers was against his old team, the Brisbane Heat, on January 14 in Adelaide. He will therefore be absent from the ILT20’s opening matches, which are scheduled to begin on January 6.
After being released by Heat earlier this year and signed up with the ILT20, the batter had the potential to become involved in a standoff with CA but still needed a NOC. Lynn did not have a contract with any team in Australia.
Chris Lynn is the only player in the BBL with more than 3000 runs:
The only BBL player with more than 3,000 runs is Lynn, who also leads the league with 180 sixes hit.
Up until May, when Heat decided to seek elsewhere to turn around their woes, he had played exclusively for one team in the BBL. He played poorly in the 2021–22 tournament, scoring 215 runs in 12 innings, but in more recent months, he and Northamptonshire have experienced a successful T20 Blast campaign.
Following David Warner’s two-year contract to rejoin Sydney Thunder, Lynn’s agreement is a big financial offer. Because of the escalating competition from new T20 leagues, CA has had to make practical choices to guarantee that significant players participate in the BBL.
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