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It was recently reported that Melbourne Stars all-rounder Marcus Stoinis was being offered a blockbuster deal by the Brisbane Heat, but Heat General Manager Andrew McShea has made it abundantly clear that the offer is “no longer on the table”.
Stoinis was one of the bright spots of the Stars’ disappointing Big Bash League (BBL) season, where they finished at the bottom of the table after winning just two out of their 10 games.
The 28-year-old scored 179 runs in five matches at an average of 44.75 and also took five wickets at an average of 34.
Given his performance, the Heat tried to lure Stoinis by offering him a multi-year deal that was believed to be worth approximately AUD 200,000 (approximately USD 156,000 approx) a season.
However, while McShea confirmed that the Heat did approach Stoinis, he reiterated that the deal on offer has since been rescinded.
“We touched base with Marcus and put together what we felt was an attractive offer,” McShea was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “However, that offer is no longer on the table.”
With the Heat’s offer gone, it is now understood that the Stars will engage in talks with Stoinis once he returns from New Zealand, where he is set to represent Australia in the T20 tri-series final against the Black Caps in Auckland on Wednesday. It is also understood that both parties are eager to resolve the situation by next week.