IPL 2022 Mega Auction: Australian pacer Mitchell Starc had recently made headlines after confirming he would drop out from IPL 2022 mega auction last month. The southpaw stated he didn’t want to be under the bio-bubble during the tournament.
“I was a click of the button away from entering the auction but personally didn’t want to spend 22 more weeks in a bubble,” Starc said.
The Allan Border Medal for the best Australian male player of the year recipient further added that he was on the verge of registering for the mega auction ahead of the IPL 2022.
“They’ll be a time where I’d love to go back to the IPL but in terms of wanting to play as much as I can for Australia, a multi-format player as well, that’s a decision I’ve done for a while and gives me an opportunity to spend time with (wife) Alyssa (Healy) and family in those eight weeks outside of a cricket bubble,” he said.
Starc, 32, has played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore for two seasons and bagged 37 wickets in 27 matches he played.
He was roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), for Rs. 9.4 crores but he pulled out of the tournament due to an injury just a few weeks ahead of the tournament. He then opted out of the tournament three years on a trot i.e., from 2019-21, and four years including 2018.
“I wanted to play as much Shield cricket as I could. Managing a few little things with the body and wanting to play as much red-ball cricket as I could with certain guys heading off to the IPL, it was my intention to be the constant in the Shield team and hopefully play a role there as a senior head in the team,” he had told Cricket.com.au on opting out of IPL 2021.
Starc had a below-par performance in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 where he conceded 60 runs in the finals against England ending wicketless. He will start preparations for the T20I series against Sri Lanka in February.