Mitchell Starc Open To Playing In The IPL If It Takes Place This Year
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Mitchell Starc Open To Playing In The IPL If It Takes Place This Year

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc (Credits: Twitter)

Mitchell Starc has not turned out in the Indian Premier League since 2015. Starc, who last represented Royal Challengers Bangalore, was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders during the 2018 auction.

But that didn’t happen due to an injury. Starc opted out of the subsequent two editions of the cash-rich league citing workload management and was replaced by his fellow teammate Pat Cummins in the 2020 auctions.

Mitchell Starc Open To Play In The IPL If It Takes Place In October
Mitchell Starc [Photo: BCCI]
Starc has earlier the importance of keeping his body fresh and spending quality time with his family over a hefty paycheck but the left-arm pacer might consider playing in the IPL if the tournament goes ahead this year.

Starc does not have an IPL contract and under the existing laws, he cannot feature in the 13th edition unless, of-course, BCCI decided to alter its laws owing to the current circumstances.

If the BCCI does alter its laws provided the tournament goes ahead, Starc feels he could consider playing in the IPL as it will him ideal game-time heading into the Australian summer.

“I’d consider it, I’d think about it. Obviously it’d be right at the start of our domestic season as well so it’d be a fair bit to consider. But I don’t currently have a contract, so I currently don’t have to worry.” Mitchell Starc told cricket.com.au.

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Mitchell Starc last played in the IPL in 2015

Mitchell Starc Open To Play In The IPL If It Takes Place In October
IPL Cup (Credits – Twitter)

Starc, who currently does not have a contract, will not have to face the same problem that some of his colleagues might encounter as the IPL- if it goes ahead- will clash with the start of the home season.

Starc said that he will have no issues if Cricket Australia clears the players to go and play the IPL instead of featuring in the domestic season.

“There’s a lot of things that would have to go into that I assume. Cricket Australia would have to clear those guys so if they’re clear to go, I don’t see a problem with it,” Mitchell Starc said.

“They’re pre-existing contracts and they would have been playing anyway. There’s obviously a different hurdle of domestic cricket there. It’d be an interesting decision, not one I’d have to make, so I’ll let them make their decisions.” he added.

Meanwhile, as things stand, the ICC is set to take a call on the T20 World Cup 2020 when they meet via video conference on June 10. It the World Cup indeed gets canceled, the prospect of having an IPL during the September-November window will open up quite substantially, considering things are beginning to open up in India.

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