Why Mitchell Starc Doesn’t Play IPL, And Whether He Would Play In BCCI’s Cash-rich League Or Not? Australian Pacer Comes With A Bold Statement

Australian star pacer Mitchell Starc is one of those players who prefer not to play in franchise cricket and gives preference to his country Australia. Recently, Starc stated that despite getting an offer of a huge amount from the leagues he wants to give his 100% for the team.

After winning the World Test Championship final, Starc had an interview with The Guardian in which he said, “I enjoyed it (IPL), likewise I enjoyed my time in Yorkshire 10 years ago, but Australia will always sit at the top. I don’t regret any of it, money will come and go, but I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had.”

He further stated, “Over a hundred years of Test cricket and there have been less than 500 men who have played it for Australia that in itself makes it very special to be a part of it.”

“Franchise cricket is great, but you can be bought or sold or traded in 12 months, whereas this is an opportunity (playing Tests) that I’ve been fortunate enough to have over ten years now to be able to pull on the baggy green with a lot of my close mates, guys I’ve grown up in the game with,” the veteran pacer added.

The left-arm pacer from Australia has played 78 Tests, 110 ODIs, and 58 T20Is and suggested that all the young kids looking to make their cricket career should focus more on the traditional form.

“The traditionalist in me still hopes there is a generation of boys and girls who want to represent their country in Test cricket. But the easy money is in franchise cricket, it’s the fast track to notoriety,” Starc said.

Talking about his future participation in IPL, Starc said that he would love to play in the tournament of India. However, he will keep Australia above anything irrespective of formats.

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“I’d certainly love to play in the IPL again, but my goal for a long time has been to be at my best for Australia, no matter the format,” Starc said.

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