Starc could skip IPL 2019 after being dumped by KKR
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been dumped by Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders in a rather surprising manner via a text message. This could see the left-arm pacer now skip the IPL 2019 season. Starc is unlikely to make himself available for the auctions next month, since he wants to focus on the World Cup and the Ashes. Here is more.
Starc was one of the costliest buys in 2018
Starc was one of the costliest buys of IPL 2018. He was acquired for a whopping sum of Rs. 9.4 crore. But the injury-prone bowler missed the event due to a stress fracture in his lower right leg. He is currently bowling well for Australia and a lot was expected out of him in IPL 2019, but KKR decided to 'dump' him.
Starc released by KKR via a text message
"I got a text message two days ago from the owners of Kolkata saying I've been released from my contract. At the moment I'll be home in April," said Starc.
Starc wants to focus on international tournaments
With the World Cup 2019 starting in May followed by the Ashes, Starc is unlikely to participate in the IPL. Rather, he wants to focus on these major events. Both these events would be held in England. "If I don't play the IPL next year it's a good opportunity to freshen up for a massive six months of cricket in the UK," Starc said.
Starc keen to let go his lucrative pay package
Starc is keen to play more for Australian cricket team despite the lucrative pay package of the IPL. "At the moment for me I just want to play as much Test and one-day cricket for Australia as I can. The IPL is a lovely bonus on the pay packet but if I miss that to play more Test matches, I'm taking that option."
Injuries a major concern for Starc in IPL
Starc last played in the IPL in 2015 when he represented RCB under Virat Kohli. In 2018, he missed the tourney for a third season in a row. He suffered a foot fracture in 2016 before ending his association with RCB in 2017.