The Melbourne stars are all set to welcome back all-rounder Marcus Stoinis for the Big Bash Semifinal against Perth Scorchers at the WACA.
Stoinis got released from the Australian international squad following the series-winning victory at SCG to represent the Melbourne stars team in the Big Bash semi-final.
Cricket Australia confirmed the release of Stoinis to play for Melbourne stars at the Big Bash semi-final match on Tuesday at the WACA ground.
Stoinis will again play for Team Australia for the fifth and final VB one day International against Pakistan on Australia day.
Stoinis joined team Australia on account of injury to all-rounder Mitch Marsh but he did not perform very well since he was called up to join the team which opened doors to criticism.
The Melbourne stars seem to pay for international call-ups of its all-around players. The team’s loss to Sydney Sixers on Saturday gives strength to this argument.
Five of its best players Zampa, Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner and Peter Handscomb was all in the International ODI team and were not available at the need of the hour for the Stars team.
The imported player for the Stars team, Kevin Pietersen reportedly criticized Cricket Australia for not releasing this 27-year old all-rounder for crucial BBL matches.
The former England star cricketer said, “I just find it bitterly disappointing that a guy can’t play in a fixture for us, which is a big fixture for us when he’s sitting in a hotel room.”
Pietersen said in addition, “I’m really disappointed. I’m working with him on a personal level to improve his game so that he can benefit Australian cricket, which he could do on Sunday if we spend more time together, but he’s not going to be here.”
On the other hand, Zampa, who was released along with Stoinis to represent the Stars team commented on this issue that international selection should come first.
Zampa, speaking in this context, said, ”Obviously the priority is to play for your country.”
He added, “The players are used to it by now. It’s happened for the last six BBLS.
Ever since I’ve been the kid the one-dayers have always been at the same time of the year.
“So I don’t know how they’re going to fix the scheduling. It’s the Australian summer and we need to fit in some Australian cricket.”