IPL 2017: Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has pulled out of the Indian Premier League just one day before the 2017 auction leaving a void in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowling attack. The 27-year-old fast bowler decided to sacrifice a stunning amount of 1 million dollars as he wanted to be fit for the longest format. The news was confirmed by RCB and IPL on their twitter handles as the left-arm fast bowler decided to focus on Test cricket.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 19, 2017
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No surprise at all that Mitch Starc has pulled out of the IPL. He has had a long season and Australia will want to look after him.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 19, 2017
The Virat Kohli-led side does have a replacement in Adam Milne but would like to sign another overseas international pacer as his replacement. Starc’s absence will allow RCB to but two instead one overseas player and an additional amount of Rs. 5 crores will be added in their wallet.
Starc is currently in India with the Australian side to play in the 4-match Test series starting from 23rd February. Even though the visitors have picked a four-man spin attack to counter the hosts, Starc will hold key to their chances in the sub-continent.
He missed the previous season of IPL with an injury which forced RCB to rope in Chris Jordan as a late replacement. However, he was released by the management ahead of this year’s auction. Starc’s supporting fast bowlers James Pattinson and Josh Hazlewood haven’t played an IPL match yet, while Pat Cummins has played just four matches since 2014.
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It was another shocking announcement after the former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was stripped from the captaincy of Rising Pune Supergiants. However, since the news of Mitchell Starc not playing this season came through IPL, both parties must have been aware about his decision beforehand.