Brendon McCullum to remain with Brisbane Heat for next three seasons

Brendon McCullum has signed a three-year contract extension with Brisbane Heat
Brendon McCullum has signed a three-year contract extension with Brisbane Heat
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Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has penned a three-year contract extension with Brisbane Heat franchise ahead of the 2017/18 season kick-off.

McCullum, who will once again lead the franchise in the upcoming edition scored 323 runs from eight matches last year at an average of 46 and a strike-rate close to 171.

The news follows after swashbuckling top-order batsman Chris Lynn also signed a five-year contract extension with the Brisbane side in October.

"It's been an important year with the management of our playing list with a large number of players committing to long-term deals including Chris Lynn," said Brisbane Heat general manager Andrew McShea.

"Brendon's impact on our club on and off the field is significant and the values that he represents are also those that we see as integral to the Brisbane Heat.

"To extend his contract through to the end of BBL|09, provides our fans, members and commercial partners with a clear identity of our club."

McCullum scored 281 runs from 12 matches in the recently concluded Bangladesh Premier League tournament for Rangpur Riders that includes a match-winning partnership with Chris Gayle in the final against Dhaka Dynamites.

Brisbane Heat will open their campaign with a home game against Melbourne Stars on Wednesday.

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