Chris Lynn inks monster Big Bash League deal

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    The Big Bash League’s brightest star has become its highest paid player, with Chris Lynn signing a lucrative five-year deal with Brisbane Heat.

    Lynn will stay in Brisbane until at least the 2021-22 season, while Heat coach Dan Vettori and assistant coach Shane Bond have penned two-year contract extensions.

    News Corp Australia reports Lynn’s deal is worth in more than $1 million.

    The six-hitting sensation’s contract runs until the completion of the current Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

    This year’s hard-fought agreement featured major pay rises for BBL players, with the minimum retainer more than doubling between 2016-17 to 2021-22.

    The contract is a boon for both Lynn and the Heat.

    Lynn, who is recovering from a shoulder reconstruction, has won the the past two BBL player-of-the-tournament awards.

    The master blaster’s scarcely believable striking was a key reason the Heat sold out five home games during the 2016-17 season.

    “I’m honoured that the Heat have shown confidence in me for the coming seasons and given us the opportunity to achieve something special as a club in the future,” Lynn said in a statement.

    Lynn will be racing the clock to return during this summer’s Twenty20 competition but says he is making steady progress after going under the knife in July.

    “I’ve had some good reports from the surgeon and the QC (Queensland Cricket) medical staff,” he said.

    “We’re working to the recovery plan. It is feeling OK now, although there is still a way to go.”

    Vettori described Lynn as a “dominant, world-class player”.

    © AAP 2017

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