Australian pacer Mitchell Starc confirmed on Tuesday that he would not feature for the Sydney Sixers in the BBL 10 final despite being available for the team. The pacer said that the Sixers and he mutually agreed to the decision.
“The guys have done so well this year and I think it’s in everyone’s best interests to stick with the guys that have worked so hard to get to this point. I’ve always felt part of the club and I am right behind them for another big win on Saturday night,” Starc said.
Starc’s participation in the final was doubtful from the time he sustained a hamstring injury during the four-match Test series between India and Australia. He played all the four matches of the series.
“Mitch is, and always will be, a big part of the Sixers family. Circumstances meant he and Nathan Lyon were not able to join us this season but they are both very much part of our set up and will represent the club off the field on Saturday night,” Sixers general manager Jodie Hawkins said.
The Sixers have agreed to play in the finals with the same squad that won them the Qualifiers and stormed into the final.
“Our current squad have done an incredible job all season to qualify for the final while playing every game on the road and Mitch and the club are really comfortable with this decision,” Hawkins affirmed.
Sixers made into the finals by defeating Perth Scorchers in the Qualifiers. Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) will host the BBL 10 final on February 6.