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Mitchell Starc comfortable in opting out of IPL 13

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Australian cricketer Mitchell Starc remains firm on his decision on not participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Apparently, the player has no regrets for not putting his hat into the ring for the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year and potentially forgoing the millions of dollars a player of his calibre commands.

The 13th edition of the IPL which was slated to be played in March had to be postponed owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The Board of cricket control in India (BCCI) has now announced that the tournament will be played in UAE from September.

According to the pacer, he is adamant about not changing his stance over this year’s IPL whatsoever. The change in the timeline of the tournament has no effect on his decision.

“I know hindsight is a wonderful thing and now the IPL is on at a different time but no, I wouldn’t change it”, affirmed Starc. He had already made up his mind before the auctions.
He further added, “I’m happy to spend that time when the blokes are at the IPL in September, I’ll be getting ready for summer.
“The IPL will be around next year and if I feel the urge or people want me around, I’ll definitely consider it, but as of this year I’m very comfortable with the decisions I’ve made,”
he added.

IPL will be played from Sept 19th – November 10th, on getting clearance from the GOI (Government of India), according to the statement released by BCCI.

“Taking note of the prevailing COVID- 19 situation in India, The IPL GC decided to stage the tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the matches will be played in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi subject to necessary clearance from the Government of India.”

“The 53-day tournament will witness 10-afternoon matches starting from 15:30 IST while the evening matches will start at 19:30 IST”, the BCCI release said.

The UAE is expecting an influx of visitors over 1400 as the sport looks forward to witnessing one of the most awaited events of the game. The IPL has moved out of the country twice but pulling off a shift in the middle of the pandemic will be a massive effort.