Following the signing of a ground-breaking part-season contract with the Adelaide Strikers, Australian Chris Lynn will compete in both his home Big Bash League (BBL) and the brand-new Twenty20 cricket league in the United Arab Emirates in the early months of 2019.
Lynn, the BBL’s top run-scorer who was released by the Brisbane Heat after the previous season, was named earlier this month as one of the star players in the International League T20 (ILT20).
Cricket Australia, which administers the BBL, had the option of denying Lynn the “no objection certificate” he needs to participate in the ILT20, but chose to adopt a practical stance in light of the player market’s growing competition. Only 11 of the Strikers’ 14 regular-season games will feature the 32-year-old top-order batter before he departs for the UAE in mid-January to compete in the ILT20 with CA’s approval.
Since his final Queensland Cricket contract expired in June 2019, Lynn does not now hold a CA or state contract. Each case involving release for international contests depends on the specific circumstances of the person.
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The priority and protection of Australia’s domestic cricket summer and the interests of the game generally continue to serve as the game’s guiding principles. Earlier this month, the general secretary of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), which controls the ILT20, told Reuters that the organization was collaborating with CA to lessen the effects of competition scheduling conflicts.
T20 leagues growing
There will be fierce competition to sign the top players due to the expansion of T20 leagues throughout the world, including the new South African tournament funded by the Indian Premier League (IPL), which will also be contested in January. After agreeing to a big contract with the Sydney Thunder, Australia’s opening batsman David Warner will play in the BBL for the first time in ten seasons.