Pakistan fast bowler Dilbar Hussain has signed with the Stars as an international replacement player and has been named in the squad.
The W/BBL Technical Committee has approved Hussain joining the squad in place of Haris Rauf who was recently called up to Pakistan's T20I squad.
Hilton Cartwright has not been named in the squad as he has fractured his right hand and is awaiting further recommendations from specialists.
Nathan Coulter-Nile also returns to the squad while Lance Morris has been omitted.
Melbourne Stars 13-player squad v Heat
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Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat
Saturday, January 25
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