Australian batsman Chris Lynn has decided to step out from the role of the captain of Brisbane Heat after leading the team for three seasons. Lynn informed the club that he intends to focus on his individual performance to continue to contribute to the team.
He is the all-time leading runs-scorer (2790) and six-hitter (172) in the competition. He led the club to the Challenger final last season, the first time the club made it into the semi-finals since 2016-17, although they had to taste defeat at the hands of Perth Scorchers. They finished at the third spot in the points table, their highest rank since BBL|06.
He was also Brisbane’s leading scorer that season, with 458 runs, even though he did not feature in five games due to injury. The hard-hitting right-hander has five half centuries at a strike-rate of 154 under his belt.
Chris Lynn was also the captain of the club during the 2015-16 season, finishing the season as the player of the tournament before Brendon McCullum took charge. The batsman regained the role of the skipper in 2018-19 in BBL|08, and holds the record of leading the club most number of times, on 48 occasions.
“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. “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.”
“The group are in a really good space after last season’s BBL, and I think this is the best way forward for the club and for me as a player and I am confident the Heat can build on last year’s successful campaign”.
The club will name the new captain of the club in due course, with the keeper-batsman Jimmy Pearson, now a frontrunner to take over the full-time captaincy.
QC CEO Terry Svenson said that the club is in full support of Lynn’s decision and expects the same to benefit him and the club alike.
“Something like this is never a simple or comfortable process, and Chris certainly has our full support for the decision he has reached,” he said.
“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 seasons and beyond.”