Chris Lynn of the Heat raises his bat after a win over the Hobart Hurricanes last season.
Chris Lynn of the Heat raises his bat after a win over the Hobart Hurricanes last season. DAN PELED

Chris Lynn signs mega-deal with Brisbane Heat

BIG Bash superstar Chris Lynn has become the competition's first million-dollar man after signing a five-year mega-deal with the Brisbane Heat.

Master blaster Lynn could have signed with any team in the competition but has decided his heart and his future lies with the Heat.

Brisbane boy Lynn, who learnt his craft in a practice net erected by his father Col at the family home in Northgate, is likely to play out his career at his beloved Gabba.

"In the last two seasons we have had approaches from all around the country," Lynn's manager Stephen Atkinson said.

"A lot of them have said they would just make room for Chris if he wanted to come but he is a very loyal person to Queensland and the Heat."

Five-year deals are a rarity in cricket and the sum of Lynn's contract is known to exceed $1 million, initially the salary cap for an entire squad when the competition started seven years ago.

Lynn, who recently underwent surgery to fix a chronic shoulder problem that has bothered him for years, recently rejected a contract offer from the Queensland Bulls but Atkinson stressed he has not retired from Sheffield Shield cricket to become a white-ball specialist.

"He certainly has not closed the book on four-day cricket," he said.

"He was averaging 48 in first-class cricket before he hurt his shoulder and even now his average is (just under) 44.

"But the reality is he has to get his shoulder 100% and so far it has exceeded expectations. He has had operations before but it appears this one has really clicked."

Lynn's signature is massive coup for the Heat, for his freakish power hitting has made him one of the competition's biggest drawcards.

Brisbane Heat officials cherish the fact that while Lynn's crowd-pulling capacity matches short-game superstars like Chris Gayle and Kevin Pietersen, he is a proud Brisbane boy who is deeply connected to the local game and does not want to go anywhere else.

Lynn's 124m Big Bash six off Shaun Tait, which landed in the practice nets at the Gabba last summer, was one of the most talked-about shots of the season.

The Heat are sure to have a strong local flavour over the next few seasons with Joe Burns, Jimmy Peirson, Mitchell Swepson, Sam Heazlett, Mark Steketee and Marnus Labuschagne all signing multi-year deals this month.

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