Chris Lynn Relinquishes Brisbane Heat Captaincy Duties In Big Bash League

Chris Lynn Relinquishes Brisbane Heat Captaincy Duties In Big Bash League

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Chris Lynn Instagram

Chris Lynn has relinquished captaincy duties at the Big Bash League franchise Brisbane Heat, ending a second stint in the leadership role of the franchise. His exit was expected with head coach Darren Lehmann supposed to make a possible change at the top at the end of last season.

Chris Lynn, who is also BBL’s highest run-getter, led the franchise to a third-place finish last season and also finished as the team’s highest run-getter (458) despite missing as many as five games with a hamstring injury.

Chris Lynn is the leading run-scorer in BBL history Getty Images
Chris Lynn is the leading run-scorer in BBL history Getty Images

Chris Lynn Grateful For Backing And Support From Brisbane Heat Teammates

In all, Chris Lynn led Brisbane Heat in 48 games across two separate stints as captain. He first took the captaincy role in the fifth season of BBL before handing over the reins to ‘Bash Brother’ Brendon McCullum for two seasons. He took up the mantle once more before the 2018-19 season.

“It has been a huge honour to skipper the Heat for the last three years and I am very grateful for all the backing and support from the players, coaching and backroom staff and the loyal Heat fans and sponsors,” Lynn said in a statement. 

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum BCCI

“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.”

Brisbane Heat opened with two successive defeats before Chris Lynn’s injury but experienced an upturn in fortunes under the captaincy of Jimmy Peirson, with the keeper-batsman now a frontrunner to take over as full-time captain.

Chris Lynn’s Successor To Be Announced In Due Time

Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson said a succession plan for captaincy handover will be made in due course of time. Jimmy Peirson will be the favourite to take over after deputizing impressively last season.

“Something like this is never a simple or comfortable process, and Chris certainly has our full support for the decision he has reached,” Svenson said.

Jimmy Peirson
Jimmy Peirson. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

“We certainly respect his choice and the reasoning behind it. He hasn’t rushed things and has consulted with key people in his life to make this call.

“Having spoken at length with him, I am very confident that he and Heat will both benefit from his decision and we certainly look forward to him bringing his experience and undoubted batting prowess to bear on the BBL 11 season and beyond.”

The Brisbane Heat reached the Challenger final last season before being defeated by Perth Scorchers – the first time they had reached the finals since 2016-17 – having finished fifth and seventh in the previous two seasons.
Chris Lynn also led the club during the 2015-16 season before handing over to Brendon McCullum. Queensland Cricket said it will decide on his successor closer to the season but Jimmy Peirson, who deputised when Chris Lynn was injured last season, will be the frontrunner.
Chris Lynn had spent time considering his position since the season ended and informed Queensland Cricket he was standing down after returning from the postponed IPL.
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