BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 08: Chris Lynn of the Heat plays a shot during the Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Adelaide Strikers at The Gabba on January 8, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Chris Lynn has reached a compromise with Cricket Australia (CA) to feature in both the Big Bash League (BBL) and the UAE International League T20 (ILT20) tournament this summer.

The result of the unprecedented agreement means Lynn has joined a new club in the Adelaide Strikers for 11 games in the upcoming BBL, before heading to the UAE in mid January.

"Cricket Australia welcomes the Adelaide Strikers’ signing of Chris Lynn, the highest run-scorer in BBL history, for 11 out of 14 games in the upcoming season,” a CA spokesman told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"He will be released from January 20 to participate in UAE’s ILT20 competition from that date.

"Lynn does not hold a CA or state contract and has not done so since his last Queensland Cricket contract expired in June 2019. Each matter regarding release for overseas competitions is subject to the individual’s circumstances.

"Our guiding principle remains the prioritisation and protection of Australia’s domestic summer of cricket and the interests of the game overall."


Earlier this month, Lynn was announced as one of 21 marquee recruits for the inaugural edition of the ILT20, although he had not yet received clearance from CA.

Per International Cricket Council (ICC) regulations, players must receive a 'No Objection Certificate' from their home national board in order to feature in foreign domestic leagues - a regular occurrence for Australian stars who head to the Indian Premier League. Despite holding no national or state contract, Australia is still considered Lynn's home base.

As little as three weeks ago, CA declared it would unlikely look favourably on a NOC application from Lynn, but administrators are now set to grant Lynn a NOC to join the Gulf Giants franchise in the UAE.

As part of the agreement, Lynn will miss the opening few matches of the ILT20 tournament, which begins on January 6.

The highest-paid players in the ILT20 are set to receive around $650,000 for the five-week competition, likely to be a significant lift on a BBL salary where clubs' salary caps are approximately $1.9 million.

Lynn, a mainstay of the competition and its all-time leading run-scorer, parted ways with his old side the Brisbane Heat in May this year.

He told that he'll be arriving in Adelaide "fit and strong and ready to score a heap of runs".

"Even more importantly, put on a show for the fans, who are the backbone of the Adelaide Strikers," Lynn said.

"It's always such a great atmosphere walking into Adelaide Oval, and not only that but walking over the bridge on game day, the atmosphere in the city is great."

He holds several BBL records, including the most sixes and most half centuries, as well as being the only batter to surpass 3,000 runs.

Lynn's first hit-out with the Strikers will be at his old home ground the Gabba, against the Brisbane Heat on December 23.