Australian T20 specialist Chris Lynn admits he is feeling “nervous” ahead of his foray into a new domestic cricket tournament.
This weekend, the explosive hitter takes part in the Brisbane Premier League (BPL) – a local cricket event with some innovative twists.
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The BPL sees eight teams compete in two pools, with the tournament culminating in the semi-finals and the final, which will be played on Sunday afternoon.
“Hopefully there will be a bit of a festival and we can see some quality cricket,” Lynn told news.com.au.
Dubbed “The Century”, the games will see 20 balls played each end five times in an effort to speed up play without having to break for overs throughout the 100-ball innings.
“For seniors this weekend the rules are based on The Hundred from England, but it’s called The Century,” Lynn said.
“So we’ve got a bit of a twist, we’re trying to spice things up.”
All the action is available to stream via Kayo Freebies and the BPL have created a concept called ‘Kayo Call’, where Lynn and former Queensland team-mate Nathan Reardon will be the two VIP batters for the 6 p.m. matches on Friday and Saturday night. .
“It’s all about Kayo Freebies,” Lynn said.
“With that, Nathan Reardon and I will commentate tonight’s game at 6 p.m. and tomorrow night’s game at 6 p.m. Whoever wins the coin toss can choose me or Reardo, that’s a bit of a novelty.
How ‘Kayo Call’ works
— Both players (Lynn and Reardon) are available at bat.
– The winner of the coin toss can either choose which player they want to beat for them or whether they beat or play first.
– If the coin toss winner picks a player, the coin toss loser gets the other game and decides whether to hit or play first.
– If the toss winner chooses to hit or bowl, the toss loser chooses the player they want.
— The player who is not on the field will be in the comment box.
Lynn, who is co-owner of the Northern Kings, said the Kayo Call could even see him playing against his own home side.
“I could actually play against the Kings…so it’s going to be pretty fun,” he said.
“I can’t wait to get out in the middle,” he said.
“I haven’t played local cricket for a while now so I’m looking forward to seeing how the juniors travel.”
“There’s going to be buzz around Norths cricket club and we’re going to see some homegrown talent on display. I’m probably a little nervous because you’re expected to score runs.
“It’s about scoring points, I’ll try to entertain. For those who can’t make it to Norths, it’s on Kayo, so it’s a great endorsement from them to allow the Premier League to Brisbane on it.
The 32-year-old said the BPL’s aim was to introduce young homegrown talent to top-flight cricket.
“We’re trying to get some young people exposed to men’s cricket,” Lynn said.
“We’ve just seen Adelaide start their league as well. Ideally we’d like to have teams in every state. The world is your oyster after that. Winners can play against each other, there are a number of options that we have.
“The guys have laid a really good foundation in Brisbane. Having this festival tournament of the century is really going to make its mark on Brisbane Premier Cricket.
The Brisbane Premier League (BPL) is available to stream live and for free via Kayo Gifts. No credit card details are required to register.
Originally published as Chris Lynn ‘nervous’ for return to Australian cricket in innovative Brisbane Premier League