Afghanistan spinner Zahir Khan is expected to be available for the full BBL season, Melbourne Stars said on Wednesday.
Lanning captained Stars in the opening two seasons of the WBBL before her move to Perth Scorchers.
Billy Stanlake has played 39 Big Bash League matches and taken 34 wickets in the competition so far.
Chasing 117 to win a game reduced to 12 overs, Glenn Maxwell's Stars could only manage 97 for six.
Hayley Jensen who used to play for Stars before making a cross-town move to arch-rivals Melbourne Renegades.