Melbourne Stars' Kevin Pietersen is expected to miss the opening game of the Big Bash season as he plans to spend Christmas with his family back in England.
The Age's Daniel Cherny recently tweeted the news, saying that Pietersen would miss Melbourne's match against Hobart on December 26 due to family reasons.
Kevin Pietersen is again expected to spend Xmas in England with his family, so will miss the Stars' first game against Hobart.
— Daniel Cherny 📰 (@DanielCherny) December 12, 2016
It's the second year in succession that Pietersen has missed a Big Bash League game in favour for returning back home, but the Englishman is expected to be available for Melbourne's second game of the season against the Melbourne Renegades on January 1.