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Brisbane Heat cuts Big Bash star Chris Lynn


Chris Lynn has been let go by the Brisbane Heat. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images
Chris Lynn has been let go by the Brisbane Heat. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

The Brisbane Heat has axed its favourite son Chris Lynn following his disappointing summer.

A foundation player for the Heat, Lynn is the franchise’s all-time leading run scorer, has twice been named player of the tournament and was the first man to play 100 BBL games for the one franchise.

However, the 32-year-old was far from his brilliant best in BBL|11, averaging just under 18 runs and scoring a half-century only once.

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Nevertheless, Queensland Cricket and Heat chief executive Terry Svenson said cutting Lynn loose was a tough call.

“It’s not a decision that has come easily to the Heat by any means,’’ he said.

“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.

“We should gratefully acknowledge the influence he has had on a generation of kids who have grown up being thrilled by his batting exploits.

“His appearance in a teal jumper each year would no doubt be linked by many households to the onset of their holidays, with the BBL being such an integral part of summer holidays.”

Chris Lynn has been a favourite among Heat fans. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images
Chris Lynn has been a favourite among Heat fans. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Queensland Cricket’s recruitment and retention committee chair Ian Healy acknowledged the decision to cut Lynn was likely to prove unpopular with fans.

“Chris Lynn will be missed by thousands, however, the decision we have made as a club is about building on the legacy that he leaves as a foundation player, captain and ambassador for the Heat,” he said.

“We thank Heat members, fans, corporate partners and sponsors for their wholehearted support of ‘Lynny’ and recognising his great performances over the past 11 seasons.

“He holds a very special place in our history.”

No one has scored more sixes in the BBL than Lynn. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images
No one has scored more sixes in the BBL than Lynn. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Lynn’s name has become synonymous with the Heat, but his axing leaves his BBL career at a crossroads.

The league is in an embargo period, meaning rival franchises are unable to have binding contract discussions with players.

Following a summer of modest crowds, Lynn’s entertainment value could provide a significant boost for one of the Heat’s rivals both on and on the pitch, provided he can return to form.

Svenson said the Heat was 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 coming season and beyond,’’ he said

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