Brisbane Heat has reportedly offered Melbourne Stars and Australia all rounder Marcus Stoinis a multi-year deal worth $200,000 a season.
In a move that could see Stoinis join the “Bash Brothers”, Brendan McCullum and Chris Lynn in Brisbane, the Heat could possibly field a roster of big hitters next season.
The short straight boundaries of the Gabba is a true pitch that suits Stoinis.
Joe Burns and Ben Cutting, who have been regular performers for the Heat in previous years, might be the unfortunate ones that may be squeezed out of the Heat’s roster, if the Heat can secure Stoinis.
Burns and Cutting are believed to be well behind McCullum and Lynn in the pay scale at the Heat, after the re-signing of Lynn, reportedly on roughly the same figure as Stoinis, at the beginning of this season.
The Stars do however remain hopeful that they can retain Stoinis, as they attempt to rejuvenate their list.
In a bid to battle crosstown rivals the Renegades, Kevin Pietersen and Luke Wright will depart the squad, with Peter Handscomb also out of contract, the Stars may field a very unfamiliar line up come BBL08.
It is questionable as to how many games Stoinis will be available for next season’s tournament, with Stoinis expected to take part in both the ODI and T20 series after his performances against England this summer, where he is also very fancied as an alternative to Mitchell Marsh in the Test side, despite having poor form in the Sheffield Shield this season.
With Stoinis’ home city, Perth, showing little interest in him for next season, it looks like it’ll be a battle between the Heat and the Stars for Stoinis’ services.
Hobart Hurricanes all-rounder Dan Christian is also reportedly subject to rival offers from other teams. Both Melbourne teams and the Sydney Sixes have expressed interest in Christian, who played a pivotal role in getting the Canes to the final this season.