At the doors of IPL auctions, Kolkata Knight Riders released Mitchell Starc from their team for 2019. Earlier, Royal Challengers Bangalore broke the ties with this Australian pacer and were in quest of an overseas player at a budget of Rs.5 crore according to some reliable sources. The paper said that he is happy with this move and want to devote most of his time to play test cricket and shortest form of cricket for Australia.
He said that “I got a text message two days ago from the owners of Kolkata saying I’ve been released from my contract, so at the moment I’ll be home in April,”
“I didn’t go last year with my tibia injury. It was a great opportunity to freshen the body up and let it heal by itself. Barring the little niggle in the hammy I feel pretty good with my body and my strength and the rest of it.
“If I don’t play the IPL next year it’s a good opportunity to freshen up for a massive six months of cricket in the UK.
“At the moment for me, I just want to play as much Test cricket and one-day cricket for Australia as I can. IPL is a lovely bonus on the pay packet but if I miss that to play more Test matches then I’m taking that option.”
He was bought by the franchise for IPL 2018 for a jaw-dropping sum of Rs.1.8 millions. He could not represent the franchise on account of a leg injury. Later, he sustained several injuries throughout the year and he is longing to play for the team in the Ashes series and World Cup 2019 in the upcoming year and admitted that it is a pleasant experience for him to participate in the IPL though he broke the bond with RCB in 2017 and later KKR released him recently.