Ben Dunk has ended his association with Melbourne Stars a year before his contract actually expires during the ongoing season of the Big Bash League.
"Melbourne Stars and Ben Dunk have mutually agreed on a release from the remainder of his contract," the BBL franchise announced in a press release.
The 33-year-old, who has represented Australia in five T20Is, began his journey with the Stars in 2017 and signed a five-year deal with the club.
However, he was not able to produce a lot of impressive performances for Melbourne, amassing a total of 621 runs across 42 games at an average of 16.34.
His recent appearances for the Stars in BBL|10 followed a similar pattern as he made just 69 runs in five innings.
"This was a difficult decision that will allow me to explore other playing opportunities and ultimately was in the best interests for me, my family and the club," Dunk said after informing his teammates of the decision.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time playing with the Melbourne Stars and wish them all the best for the remainder of this season and into the future."
"Unfortunately I haven't made the most of those opportunities but that is cricket. To the fans of the Stars, you guys are amazing and I'm sure in time, you will get the ultimate success you deserve," he wrote in a social media post.
Dunk earned a destructive reputation with the bat for his splendid exploits with Hobart Hurricanes in past BBL seasons. He was declared player of the tournament for scoring 395 runs at an average of 43.89 in BBL|03.
While he has been unable to excel in BBL of late, he has been a force to be reckoned with in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for Lahore Qalandars.