Stars secure KP’s signature until 2017

Australia

The Melbourne Stars have landed a major coup in securing the signature of former England batsman Kevin Pietersen for the next two seasons, dashing the other Big Bash franchises' hopes of stealing him away.

Pietersen has not been at his explosive best during this year's edition, but has scored two half centuries heading into the semi-finals, and the Stars' bosses know enough to keep him on the books.

He will stay put, as will fellow England striker Luke Wright, until 2017, so the Stars' international spots are done and dusted until then.

Pietersen said: "I really enjoy being around the club, I've developed great relationships with the boys and I'm excited about what the next couple of seasons will bring with the playing and coaching group we have together.
 
Stars coach Stephen Fleming, who was recently appointed head coach of the new IPL franchise the Rising Pune Supergiants, was thrilled to have nailed KP's signature down for the foreseeable future.

Fleming said: "Kevin has already made a considerable contribution to the team on and off the field, so to have him for another two seasons will allow us to continue to build and develop the squad with consistency.

"KP wins games and the more game breakers you can have in your squad, the more chances you give your team of winning tournaments."

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