Mitchell Starc has been released by his franchise Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of the auction for the 2019 IPL season. Starc’s contract with KKR was worth INR 9.4 crores, but he didn’t participate in the previous season due to a leg injury.
“I got a text message two days ago from the owners of Kolkata saying I’ve been released from my contract, so at the moment I’ll be home in April,” Starc said. “I didn’t go last year with my tibia injury. It was a great opportunity to freshen the body up and let it heal by itself. Barring the little niggle in the hammy, I feel pretty good with my body and my strength and the rest of it.”
A long summer coming up for Mitchell Starc
“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. At the moment for me, I just want to play as much Test cricket and one-day cricket for Australia as I can. IPL is a lovely bonus on the pay packet but if I miss that to play more Test matches then I’m taking that option.”
Resting up for the World Cup
Several international boards will have tough decisions to take ahead of the upcoming World Cup, which starts on May 30. India’s captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri have already requested for at least a two-week period for the pacers to recover and rehabilitate ahead of the World Cup, during a meeting with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and a senior management group last month.