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Jul 28, 2014
Kevin Pietersen, the former England batsman, has signed up for the Melbourne Stars for the Big Bash League (BBL) Down Under. Pietersen has signed a two-year deal and would thus appear in the 2014-15 and the 2015-16 season. Pietersen would thus continue his journey of being a T20 traveller. He has already played for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and is set to play for the St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) July 28, 2014
Pietersen was quoted by Cricket Australia’s official website, “I’m very excited about joining the Melbourne Stars and look forward to playing with some of Australia’s best T20 cricketers. 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.”
Shane Warne, Pietersen’s former captain at Hampshire played for the Melbourne Stars in the first two seasons of the BBL. Pietersen comes on as a replacement for the Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga, who cannot participate next season as his country would be building up to the 2015 World Cup. Pietersen walks into a very strong side, which comprises of the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Cameron White to name a few.
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