As per reports, Chris Lynn might not be able to participate in the UAE’s International League T20s, which is set to be played in January-February next year. Cricket Australia’s Big Bash League is set to clash with UAE’s tournament and thus the board is currently facing challenges in recruiting overseas talent into the competition.
Moreover, Cricket Australia is also trying its best to keep the Australian players choosing BBL over UAE’s inaugural T20 League. 10 top-level players who have previously played in the Big Bash League haven’t been nominated for the draft this year. All of them have signed contracts in the UAE league and more players are expected to be roped in in the coming days.
Australian batter, David Warner won’t be participating in the league as he will ply his trade in the Big Bash league. As of now, Chris Lynn has signed and will be the only Australian to play in the league.
He does not have a BBL deal having been let go by Brisbane Heat but Adelaide Strikers have shown some interest. If he were to sign a BBL deal it would be difficult for him to get a no-objection certificate (NOC) to play in the UAE. Cricket Australia though has said that it had not received a NOC request from any player thus far and would prioritise the needs of Australian cricket.
“Cricket Australia has not received any applications for No Objection Certificates pertaining to a player’s participation in any overseas competitions for the upcoming season,” a CA spokesperson said.
“Our guiding principle remains the prioritization and protection of Australia’s domestic summer of cricket and the interests of the game overall. As such, NOCs are generally only issued for the period after the Australian season has finished.”
Chris Lynn would be needing a NOC to play in the UAE. However, even if he doesn’t wish to sign up for the BBL, the board doesn’t have any right to block him from playing as it could be a restraint of trade under Australian Law.