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Pietersen joins Melbourne Stars

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July 28, 2014

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Kevin Pietersen led Surrey's chase, Surrey v Somerset, NatWest T20 Blast, The Oval, July 17, 2014
Kevin Pietersen will play for the Melbourne Stars for the next two seasons © PA Photos
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Kevin Pietersen will make his BBL debut this season after signing a two-year deal with the Melbourne Stars. Pietersen was widely expected to join a BBL team after being relieved of his national duties by the ECB in February, and the Stars had been the favourites to win to signature.

He will join his countryman Luke Wright as the two overseas signings for the Stars, who will this year be without Lasith Malinga due to his World Cup preparations. Pietersen will be part of a powerful batting line-up that will also feature Glenn Maxwell, David Hussey and captain Cameron White, who said he was pleased with the new addition.

"We're really looking forward to Kevin being part of our club," White said. "He's a tremendous addition to the squad and will fit in really well, and he'll hopefully provide us the edge to go deeper into the tournament this year."

Pietersen said he was looking forward to making the 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," Pietersen said. "Joining the Melbourne Stars 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."

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Posted by Dilmah82 on (July 29, 2014, 1:43 GMT)

Cricket Australia must be the happiest...already this news has created a lot of attention, banter, interest and precious publicity amongst fans, so from a market point alone it was worth the deal. In terms of lack of Indian players in other leagues...the BCCI refuses to give the NOC to play in other T20 franchise leagues. They do allow them to play County Cricket though

Posted by drfarnsworth on (July 29, 2014, 1:41 GMT)

Indian players have their own cricketing commitments at the time the BBL is on. Plus in BBL teams can only field 2 international players so there is limited opportunities there also.

Hopefully KP is in some sort of form though. He was a letdown in the IPL until the last couple of games.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2014, 23:33 GMT)

I think most of the Test Playing Indian Players are getting Paid more in IPL.So I don't think they need to go to any other Leage.That why they are not seen in other Leages

Posted by Chris_P on (July 28, 2014, 20:22 GMT)

The Stars were the standout team last season losing only the semi final. This is Warney's old team so nobody should be surprised. The team leading after the prelim should also automatically qualify for the CLT as they were probably the outstanding team in T20 anywhere, & this from a Sixers supporter.

Posted by GermanPlayer on (July 28, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

Not surprised considering he has such a big marketing value!

Posted by Moortops on (July 28, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

Why the Indian players are not playing BBL or any other country's league, is because the BCCI has laid down conditions that no prospective Indian player is supposed to be a part of any other country's league ? Very strange, but true. Only the fringe players are affected because of this, and not the centrally contracted players, because even if fringe players fail in the IPL, they can catch the selectors' eye, say by performing in Big Bash or Caribbean league But the BCCI is truning a blind eye to this. Who will bell the cat. None at present, it seems obvious.

Posted by DingDong420 on (July 28, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

he seriously needs to get in to form first, hasn't done anything in last 12 months

Posted by SirBobJones on (July 28, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

This will be exciting, hope he enjoys his time in Oz. I'd go to watch him play.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2014, 8:35 GMT)

Why the Indian players are not playing BBL or any other country's league ?

Posted by   on (July 28, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

so glad he's not with the thunder haha

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