The 33-year-old will come in as a replacement for Lancashire spinner Matt Parkinson, who has been ruled out of the competition due to a stress fracture to his back. Plunkett will join the Melbourne squad for the second half of the tournament after Nepal legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane leaves for the Bangladesh Premier League.
"It's obviously disappointing for Matt that he won't be able to partake in what would have been his first Big Bash season," Melbourne Stars list manager Trent Woodhill said. "We'd like to wish Matt a very speedy recovery.
"However, this circumstance provides us with an opportunity and in Plunkett we have an experienced and successful white-ball bowler who has excelled for England and Yorkshire.
"We're excited about the role he will play for us."
Plunkett has represented England in 13 Tests, 74 One-Day Internationals and 20 Twenty20 Internationals. The right-arm fast bowler has developed into a key member of England’s limited-overs unit over the last couple of years.
Plunkett even made his Indian Premier League debut this year for Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) but was released by the franchise for the upcoming edition.
Squad: Michael Beer, Jackson Bird, Scott Boland, Liam Bowe, Dwayne Bravo, Jackson Coleman, Travis Dean, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sandeep Lamichhane, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jonathan Merlo, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa, Liam Plunkett.
First Published: December 6, 2018, 3:17 PM IST