Australian cricketer Chris Lynn has officially turned his back on the Big Bash League and signed up for the inaugural International League T20 in the United Arab Emirates.
On Monday, Emirates Cricket announced that 54 international cricketers have agreed to take part in the newly developed T20 league, which will debut in January 2023.
Lynn, one of the sport’s most devastating short-format batsmen, was the only Australian featured in the list, which was headlined by Ashes winner Moeen Ali and West Indies veteran Andre Russell.
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The 2023 ILT20 will have 34 matches, with all teams playing each other twice before four play-off matches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
It is understood the UAE league can offer players up to AU$700,000 for five weeks of work.
“It is exciting to see how well the teams are shaping up for the first season of the ILT20,” Emirates Cricket General Secretary Mubashshir Usmani said in a statement.
“Each team will consist of 18 players including four players from the UAE and two other players from ICC Associate countries. The quality of the names announced today is outstanding, as is the interest in our league from top players from around the world.
“We are very pleased that a select number of UAE representatives from our current pool will also be considered and signed up for the league. It is also extremely important to note that these players (SAE) will be part of the team’s playing eleven.
“One of the key objectives of the ILT20 is to provide players from the UAE and other associated countries with opportunities to perform on the big stage and the ECB extends its deep appreciation to the six franchises for supporting our vision to grow our game and create stronger, more competitive players.”
The announcement effectively confirms that Lynn, the highest run-scorer in Big Bash history, will not be signed by a BBL franchise this year.
In May, the Brisbane Heat decided not to renew the Queenslander’s $200,000 contract after several underwhelming seasons in the domestic T20 tournament.
Lynn wasn’t just one of the Heat’s core players when they won the BBL title with the Brisbane-based club in 2013, he also served as captain for several years.
According to AgeThe 32-year-old has been unable to find another club willing to meet his asking price, although he has recently held talks with the Adelaide Strikers.
The powerful right-hander has scored 3005 Big Bash runs at 34.54 at an impressive strike rate of 148.83.
Lynn has been in impeccable form this winter, recently hitting an unbeaten 113 off 57 balls in the T20 Blast to equal his highest individual score and seal victory in Northamptonshire.
Although the loss of Lynn is a huge blow to the BBL, Cricket Australia is reportedly on the verge of brokering a deal with superstar batsman David Warner.
According to AustralianWarner was offered a pioneering BBL contract over and above any previous player contract.
“I very much hope that David plays in the BBL and I hope that all of our best Australian cricketers play in it,” Australian Cricketers’ Association chief executive Todd Greenberg said. cricket and so on podcast this week.
“There are many reasons.” There is absolutely no doubt that someone like David and others like him could earn more in the coming Australian summer if they traded overseas, but there is a much wider discussion and a bigger picture that we are trying to address here and that is the discussion this week I’m talking to a few of our players.”
CA are desperate to ensure the sport’s biggest names feature in the BBL this summer; the competition has lacked international quality talent after being plagued by Covid-19 for the past two seasons.
Earlier this year, The Daily Telegraph announced that Channel 7 had launched Federal Court action against CA in an attempt to terminate its TV rights deal.
According to a News Corp report, Seven is adamant that the cricketers who featured in last summer’s BBL were not of sufficient quality for the competition to meet the standard provisions set out in CA’s TV rights deal.
However, the Big Bash has already secured the services of former South African captain Faf du Plessis and Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, while Australian stars Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Swepson, Nathan Lyon and Alex Carey have also signed with their BBL franchises.
“These leagues that we’re talking about at the moment are competing with our Australian domestic summer and this is the first time we’ve faced that, it’s a unique challenge,” Greenberg said.
“The second thing is that the reasons they enjoy the benefits and rewards they enjoy under this model are those that came before them.
“David and others understand … and are very aware that if they play in this competition, it will increase the opportunity for another broadcast deal in higher numbers, which may not benefit them specifically, but it will benefit the next generation of Australian cricketers coming through.
“This is a real test of our players who demonstrate the level of partnership.
“They understand they have to get the best players to play, including them and the best players from overseas, and that’s why we’ve agreed in this one-year deal to provide an international draft and salary cap opportunity. to bring in the best overseas players.”
With South Africa pulling out of next January’s three-match ODI series against Australia, the country’s star internationals will be available for the second half of the BBL.
However, multi-format paceman Mitchell Starc has already decided not to sign any franchise due to a busy calendar, and Australian team-mates Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are likely to follow suit.
“I’ve always enjoyed the BBL when I’ve played it… but my approach to all franchise cricket hasn’t changed over the last seven years,” Starc said. AAP earlier this month.
“My approach to the IPL, the BBL, I looked at the Australian schedule and wanted to be as fit as possible and perform well.
“And franchise cricket took a back seat.
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