Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra is unsure whether the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises will be keen to buy Mitchell Starc even if he makes himself available for the next season as well. However, Starc recently said that he wants to play in IPL 2024. While fellow Australian seamers like Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood have frequently been seen playing in the league. However, the left-arm pacer has kept himself away from the league in the last few years but also feels next year’s tournament could be ideal preparation for the T20 World Cup to follow as well.
While talking about that in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “Will someone buy him? He has never played after 2015. The problem with him has been that he has put his name many times and then pulled out. If you put your name and the team invests in you and then if you pull out before the tournament starts, you feel you have been betrayed. Teams don’t forget the betrayal that easily. So it’s going to be very interesting and everyone knows as well that if they are not sold for good money, then they pull out. No one says it officially but we have seen it many times, whether it is the English or Australian players. Teams don’t forget that, they remember.”
Aakash Chopra further added that even if Starc puts down his name and gives a commitment, teams will be in doubt about spending a huge sum on him. He again added that they would also have to keep a backup plan in mind even if they buy him. But he also applauded him.
Aakash Chopra said: “What does Mitchell Starc bring to the table? He has been absolutely phenomenal. Whenever he has played in the IPL, he has been that runaway wicket-taker with both the new and old ball. He is actually unstoppable. From what I remember, he didn’t even use to give seven runs per over and used to come and hit the ball on the stumps. The ball doesn’t reverse in T20s but he used to do that as well. So Mitchell Starc is absolutely wonderful.”