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Mitchell Starc on skipping IPL and BBL: I will always keep Australian cricket over franchise cricket

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Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL between 2014-16. He also featured for Sydney Sixers in the BBL in 2014-15.

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc during the 1st Test against Sri Lanka.

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc during the 1st Test against Sri Lanka. (Courtesy: AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mitchell Starc played for Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Starc represented Sydney Sixers in the BBL in 2014-15
  • Australia are currently playing 2-Test series vs SL

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc opened up on not returning to the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying he will always keep Australian cricket over the franchise cricket.

Royal Challengers Bangalore added Starc to their squad in 2014. The speedster played a crucial role for RCB in the 2015 edition before eventually parting ways with the franchise to focus on international cricket.

In early 2018, Starc joined Kolkata Knight Riders but was ruled out due to an injury. He then opted out of the 2022 IPL mega auction, citing bubble fatigue as a reason.

After the IPL, Starc has now confirmed that he will not play in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL). The 32-year-old last played for Sydney Sixers in 2014-15.

Starc took the decision as Australia have a busy international schedule and the fast bowler wants to keep himself fit for the upcoming matches.

“I have always enjoyed the BBL when I have played it … but my approach with all franchise cricket hasn’t changed over the last seven years,” Starc told AAP.

“My approach to the IPL, BBL, I have looked at the Australian schedule and wanting to be as fit and well-performed for that as I can. And franchise cricket has taken a back seat.

“The schedule in the next 18 months is ridiculous. I will always keep Australian cricket front of mind, and then franchise cricket (second). I also like spending time at home and seeing my wife (Australia wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy).”

Australia are currently in Sri Lanka, playing an all-format series. The Down Under side won the T20Is, while the island nation clinched the ODIs.

Australia then bounced back and won the first Test by 10 wickets. The teams will play the second and final Test from July 8 at Galle.

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