In what comes as a sign of relief to the cricketer, Chris Lynn has received a Big Bash League (BBL) contract as well as the NOC for the UAE League, ILT20. According to a statement from Cricket Australia (CA) on Thursday, the 32-year-old batsman will be released for his desert dig on January 20. This will be after he plays 11 of the 14 BBL games for Adelaide Strikers.
“Cricket Australia welcomes the Adelaide Strikers’ signing of Chris Lynn, the highest run-scorer in BBL history, for 11 out of 14 games in the upcoming BBL|12 season. He will be released from 20 January to participate in UAE’s ILT20 competition from that date,” the CA stated.
Since Lynn didn’t have a BBL team or a CA contract, he signed up with the Gulf Giants in the desert league. This put CA in a difficult position where they had to decide whether or not to issue the necessary NOC. It insisted that the player had not requested the NOC. And said that, per the policy, no player will be permitted to play in a foreign league while the Australian season is still in progress.
However, both the Gulf Giants management and Lynn’s management team said that they would ensure an amicable settlement. “We are working on his NOC. Hopefully, we will be able to manage something,” an official of Adani Sportsline, which owns the Gulf Giants franchise, had told this website recently.
Players who play in both the BBL and ILT20, whose timetables conflict, include more than just Lynn. Among those who have signed up for both the Australian and the desert league is Sam Billings (England, Desert Vipers). The list also includes Kieron Pollard (WI, MI Emirates), Andre Russell (WI, Abu Dhabi Knight Riders). Players like Dwayne Bravo (WI, MI Emirates), Chris Jordan (England, Gulf Giants), and Trent Boult (NZ, MI Emirates) are also a part of it. The players listed above will take part in the first-ever BBL Draft, which the CA will hold on Sunday. These players have been graded as Platinum players by the CA.
The Big Bash League will begin on December 13 and end on February 4 for the championship. While the ILT20 will be in session from January 6 through February 12.
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