Mitchell Starc To Miss IPL 2020, 971 Players IPL Auction

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Mitchell Starc To Miss IPL 2020, 971 Players Register For IPL Auction 

Mitchell Starc To Miss IPL 2020, 971 Players Register For IPL Auction
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Australian pacer Mitchell Starc will miss the next season of IPL as his name does not feature in the list of players who will be up for auction on December 19. This is the second consecutive time that Starc will miss the T20 league. He was one of the many Australian players who missed the previous season of IPL to prepare for World Cup 2019.

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Prior to that, Starc was a part of IPL 2018 but had to miss the season due to an issue in his right leg which he suffered during the South Africa Test series. He was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 9.4 Crore in that season. Starc’s previous IPL match came for Royal Challengers Bangalore back in 2015. In 27 IPL matches, he has 34 wickets.

Mitchell Starc
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His decision to withdraw from the league comes as a big surprise. There are two T20 World Cups to be played in the next two years and one of them will be played in India, hence, IPL would have been ideal preparation for Starc.

As per the BCCI’s release, a total of 971 players have registered for the IPL 2020 auction but there are only 73 slots that are to be filled. The mega-list of 971 players includes 215 capped players, 754 are uncapped players while two players are from associate nations.

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The release also adds that the franchises will have to submit a list of shortlisted players by December 9. Based on that, the board will make a trimmed list of players. On the day of the auction, only the names of the shortlisted players will be called out.

Robin Uthappa, KKR academy
Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Ahead of the auction, the eight franchises released a total of 71 players. Royal Challengers Bangalore released 12 players, which included Shimon Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis. Kolkata Knight Riders made the biggest release of the auction as they released their vice-captain Robin Uthappa.

R Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane joined Delhi Capitals in the trade while Trent Boult moved to Mumbai Indians from Delhi Capitals.

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