IPL 2020: Mitchell Starc opts out of world’s premier tournament
Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has made himself unavailable for the upcoming lucrative Indian Premier League. It should be noted that this is the second successive year that Starc has opted out of the IPL and the fans will once again miss his quality that he brings to the table.
Meanwhile, his teammates Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn are among 7 players who have listed their names in the player’s mega auction which is to be held on December 19 in Kolkata.
Starc was last seen plying his trade in the IPL in 2015 when he featured for Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, in the 2018 IPL auction, the 29-year-old spearhead had been roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping Rs 9.4 crore, but unfortunately, he was unavailable for the whole tournament due to an injury.
Previously this year, Starc was recovering from an injury ahead of the IPL 2019 auction and had made the decision to opt himself out of the league in order to give first priority to Australia’s World Cup campaign in England.
The focus will be on Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn as they have set their base price at the maximum of Rs 2 crore.
Besides Maxwell and Lynn, the other players to list their base price at Rs 2 crore are fast bowlers- Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, allrounder Mitchell Marsh, South Africa quick Dale Steyn, and Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews.
Overall, 971 players have registered for the marquee event which will begin in March 2020.
Out of the 971 players, 713 of them are Indian players and the rest of them are overseas players. Needless to say, they will be contesting for only 73 spots, and as many as 215 capped players have a distinct possibility of being picked by a franchise.