SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 28: Chris Lynn of the Heat celebrates victory after winning the Big Bash League match between the Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat at Spotless Stadium on December 28, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Fans and cricket pundits were shocked when big hitting dynamo Chris Lynn was left off Queensland’s contracted players list for the 2017/18 season.

However, FoxSports has revealed the reason behind the omission.

Queensland reportedly offered Lynn a contract for this season, however, the 27-year-old rejected the offer, instead opting to concentrate on the more lucrative, shorter formats of the game, rather than push for a baggy green this summer.

Both Lynn and Queensland cricket are said to still have an amicable relationship, with the decision not fracturing the partnership.

Lynn will instead focus on his one-day and T20 commitments and remains committed to playing for Australia in the limited overs formats.

He is currently only a 50-50 chance of playing for the Brisbane Heat in the upcoming BBL due to a shoulder injury, after which he is unlikely to play Shield cricket for Queensland.

He is instead set to cash in on lucrative deals in the Pakistan Super League, the Indian Premier League and various other competitions around the world.

However, the decision is expected to just be a short-term one, with Test cricket still the ultimate goal for the master blaster beyond this season.