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The first-ever Big Bash League (BBL) trade was completed when the Melbourne Stars agreed to trade leg-spinner James Muirhead to the Perth Scorchers for left-arm spinner Michael Beer.
Despite having to leave their respected clubs so close to the start of the tournament, both Muirhead and Beer are excited about the change in environment.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to join the Stars and play again on the MCG with some of my great mates,” Beer said. “I’m really looking forward to playing alongside Cam White and Kevin Pietersen and the rest of the Stars boys in front of some huge crowds this summer.”
Melbourne head coach Greg Shipperd added: “We see Michael playing an important role this summer by providing us further flexibility with our bowling combinations. We wish James all the very best in his move to the Scorchers and recognise and remember with satisfaction that we were a part of his elevation into the Australian Twenty20 team and wish him good luck.”
Speaking about the trade, Muirhead said: “This all came as a real surprise to me, but an opportunity was presented to me which I was asked to consider. The appeal of being able to play under someone of the calibre of Justin Langer, as well as being able to work so closely with Brad Hogg, provided genuine appeal to me with my long-term future and development in mind.
“I am excited to throw myself into this proven culture and begin this new journey, but I also wish the Stars every success going forward.”
Meanwhile, Melbourne chief executive Clint Cooper stated that he hopes this “paves the way” for more trades in the coming seasons.
“It was great to find a win-win for both clubs and players involved,” Cooper said. “We hope that this paves the way for future trades in coming seasons as the competition matures, and demands on player availability increase.”