Australia’s fiery fast bowler Mitchell Starc has revealed he has been released from his Kolkata Knight Riders contract. Starc said he received a message from the KKR owners regarding the same. In fact, Mithcell Starc had missed the previous season of IPL 2018 due to his tibia injury.
Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc had also missed the lucrative Twenty20 leagues in 2016 and 2017 season due to his injury woes. However, Starc hasn’t ruled himself out to play for any other franchise in the IPL.
Starc hasn’t played in last three seasons of IPL.
“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 told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday (November 14). “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.
Starc believes it could be a blessing in disguise if doesn’t play in the IPL. The southpaw pacer wants to concentrate his energy while playing for Australia in World Cup and the Ashes series 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. 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,” he added.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia has also confirmed that their players will not be available to play in IPL after May 1. Thus, this would have played a part in KKR releasing Mitchell Starc. Starc added he is not worried about a one-year contract with the national side.
“I’m sure it [longer deals] would [give greater financial security] for a lot of people. It’s probably no different to working life outside of the sporting field.
“For us, we’re not so worried about contracts at the moment. It’s about performing on the cricket field. That will take care of the rest of it at contract time, whenever that is.”
Mitchell Starc is going to hold the key to Australia’s success and it is crucial for him to be at the top of his game.