Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has signed a two-year deal with Australia’s Big Bash T20 League (BBL) team Melbourne Stars.
BBL debutant Pietersen’s inclusion in Melbourne will see him add firepower to an already impressive batting line-up featuring Glenn Maxwell, David Hussey and captain Cameron White.
“We’re really looking forward to Pietersen being part of our club,” said White, according to ESPNcricinfo.
“He’s a tremendous addition to the squad and will fit in really well and hopefully, he’ll provide us the edge to go deeper into the tournament this year.”
Pietersen’s rocky relationship with the England and Wales Cricket Board came to an end in February when he was formally relieved from national duty.
The 34-year-old, who will join compatriot Luke Wright in Melbourne, said he was looking forward to making the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) his new home ground over the December-January period.
“I’m very excited about joining the Melbourne Stars and look forward to playing with some of Australia’s best T20 cricketers,” said the South Africa-born cricketer.
“Joining this team was an easy choice for me when you look at the players we have and the amazing off-field support staff; and don’t forget our home ground, the MCG.”
The Melbourne Stars have yet to win the BBL title since the inception of the tournament in 2011.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2014.
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