New Delhi. Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc is contemplating a return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) despite a busy schedule after being away for a long time. The hectic schedule includes touring the sub-continent and defending the T20 World Cup title later this year. Starc last played in IPL in 2015. The fast bowler said that he has not decided yet, but his name will definitely be included in the auction of the league. The nominations for which will close on Friday.
Mitchell Starc secured a contract of Rs 9.4 crore with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2018, but had to be released due to injury. Mega Auction for the upcoming season of IPL (IPL 2022 Mega Auction) It will be held in Bangalore on February 12 and 13. Starc told cricket.com.au, “I have two days to complete the document related work, so today it has to be done before training.”
Mitchell Starc’s name not out of auction
He said, “I haven’t taken my name out of this auction yet, but I have two more days to decide on it. Irrespective of the programme, my name is sure to be included.” He further said, “I have not played IPL for six years or more. Looking at the preparations for the upcoming T20 World Cup, I think playing in IPL 2022 would be a better option. That’s why I am considering playing in it. There is some planning going on with the scheduling keeping in mind players like us playing in multiple formats.”
Australia’s busy schedule in 2022
Australia has a busy schedule in the first half of 2022. As the Ashes series ends, their rivals New Zealand will come for three ODIs and one T20I. After this, five T20 Internationals are to be played against Sri Lanka at home. After this Australia has to travel to Pakistan for all three formats of cricket. After this, there will be another white ball tour of New Zealand before the players go to the IPL. Starc said that the schedule is packed, but the IPL is on his mind.
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Starc wants to play IPL keeping T20 World Cup in mind
Let us tell you that it has been almost 7 years since the star Australian fast bowler joined the IPL. Starc has not played in the cash-rich league for long due to injuries. However, the 31-year-old is contemplating a return to the IPL in view of the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia this year.
Two new teams are included in IPL 2022
two new teams IPL 2022 With the entry in, the options of new teams have also opened up for the players. The mega auction of IPL 2022 is going to be held in Bengaluru in February and in such a situation, the names of many star foreign players will be on the radar of different franchises.
Starc has played for these two teams
Mitchell Starc, who played 27 games for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2014 and 2015 editions, was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2018 auction. However, he missed the season due to a leg injury. He was then released by the franchise in November 2018, as Starc wanted to be fit for a longer season in the UK in 2019 ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup and the Ashes.