Melbourne Stars on Thursday confirmed of signing the West Indies wicket-keeper batsman Andre Fletcher for BBL 10. Fletcher will play as the replacement of England’s Jonny Bairstow who had signed with the Stars last month.
The franchise also confirmed the absence from this year’s Big Bash League due to his obligations to the national team.
Fletcher is currently in New Zealand for the ongoing white and red ball series till December 15. He will join the Stars in late January after serving at least 14-days of quarantine in Australia.
“I’m really looking forward to coming over to the Melbourne Stars and being part of what should be an exciting season ahead. Hopefully, I can bring my brand of batting and recent form to the Stars during the BBL,” Fletcher said.
Melbourne Stars’ head coach David Hussey expressed disappointment over Bairstow’s exit but also welcomed Fletcher for joining the side.
“We’re naturally disappointed Jonny won’t be able to link up with us this season but we wish him well on his recall and England’s winter tours,” Hussey said.
“We’re glad Andre was in a position to join us and he’ll bring plenty of power and entertainment at the top of the batting order. Andre is a former T20 World Cup winner with the West Indies so he knows what it takes to succeed in major tournaments and I’m confident he’ll be a great asset around our group,” he added..
On the other hand, Melbourne Renegades have signed Pakistani all-rounder Imad Wasim for the BBL 10 as an overseas player. He will now join the likes of Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Nabi, Noor Ahmad and Imran Tahir at the Renegades.
“Imad is one of the best T20 players in the world with his ability to impact games with the ball and to finish the innings with the bat,” coach Michael Klinger said.