Australia speedster Mitchell Starc has said that he could return to the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) after not playing for six years. While he is yet to put his name in for the upcoming mega auction for IPL 2022, he recently stated that he might feature in the league as well.
While speaking to the media on Wednesday, the pace bowler has said that he could feature in the latest edition of the cash-rich league. He again added that considering the increasing popularity of the T20 format and the upcoming T20 World Cup, he might take part in IPL 2022 too as well.
He said: “I’ve got two days to get my paperwork in, so that might be something I do today before training. I’ve not put my name down just yet, but I’ve got a couple more days to decide on that. It’s certainly on the table, regardless of what the schedule has got coming up I haven’t been for six years or so. With a heavy weighting towards T20s over the last period of time and the World Cup coming up later this year, that’s one to take into consideration as well.”
However, Mitchell Starc last took part in IPL in 2015. While Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for INR 9.40 crore at the 2018 auction, he was ruled out of the edition due to a leg injury only. He also said that he looks forward to being a part of the Australian team for the fifth and final Ashes Test as well. So far he has taken 15 wickets where they have retained the urn already, leading the series 3-0 with one ending in a draw. The fifth Ashes Test will begin on Friday, January 14 at Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
“It’s really up to the selectors – I’m not looking for a break. It’s the last Test match of an Ashes series at home and it’s the pink ball too. I’d very much like to play. I guess it’s in the hands of selectors, but I won’t be asking for rest,” Mitchell Starc concluded.