Boland became a cult hero in Melbourne following his MCG heroics on Test debut in December 2021 where he took 6 for 7 against England to claim Player of the Match honours.
But while he had been a mainstay in Victoria’s first-class attack for a decade and pushed himself into the Test ranks, he had not been a regular in the Stars line-up during his six seasons between 2013/14 and 2018/19, he only played 31 matches. He moved to Hobart Hurricanes in 2019–20 and made 26 appearances over two seasons, but did not play at all last summer as he appeared in three of Australia’s five home tests.
Stars took the opportunity to offer him a three-year contract to return to the BBL.
“I can’t wait to be a part of the Big Bash again and it’s great to be back home with the Melbourne Stars in front of family and friends at the MCG,” said Boland.
“The Stars have the best fans in the league and hopefully I can be a part of some success and that elusive first BBL title.”
Meanwhile, Heat were delighted to re-sign Kuhnemann on a long-term basis after being courted by several clubs following his outstanding BBL last season, where his 16 wickets and economy percentage of 7.57 were a key part of Heat’s run to the final.
“Matthew has been a key retention priority following our efforts last summer and his signing is a huge boost for the club,” said coach Wade Seccombe.
“We fully expect that he will continue to strive for higher accolades in the future and look forward to working with him to help him reach those heights again.”