• Bravo joins Melbourne Stars

    The Melbourne Stars have recruited West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for the Big Bash League.

    Bravo will be reunited with Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming, who mentored him in the Indian Premier League.

    ‘It’s almost Big Bash time again and I’m very excited to be representing the Melbourne Stars. I’ve worked with Stephen before, he’s a great coach and I’m sure we can do great things together at the Stars,’ said Bravo.

    ‘The MCG is where it all started for me in Australia and I can’t wait to call it home.’

    Bravo has been added to the squad after the loss of Englishmen Luke Wright and Kevin Pietersen. Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichhane will also play for the Stars.

    ‘I’ve worked with Dwayne for a number of years in the IPL and have always thought he’d be a great addition to the Stars dressing room. He’s obviously got his flamboyant side, which is great entertainment for the crowd and can really lift the energy on-field, but it’s his attacking style with both the bat and ball that can turn a game,’ added Fleming.

    ‘Dwayne can be lethal with the ball, plus come in at five or six in the batting order and add some real star power. I think he’s been consistently good in the Big Bash over the years.

    ‘We have a lot of brilliant young players coming through at the Stars and balancing that we’re bringing in one of the most experienced T20 players in the world. Bravo holds the record for most wickets in T20.’

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