Australian pacer Mitchell Starc does not regret opting-out from the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, saying he is comfortable training for the upcoming summer season when the rest of his teammates will be plying their trade in the lucrative T20 extravaganza, scheduled to start on September 19 in UAE. Also Read - IPL 2020 MI vs CSK Match Report: Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis Power Chennai Super Kings to Clinical Five-wicket Win vs Mumbai Indians in Tournament Opener in Abu Dhabi
Starc had pulled out of the 13th edition of IPL to focus on the T20 World Cup in Australia which was postponed last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I know hindsight is a wonderful thing and now the IPL is on at a different time but no, I wouldn’t change it,” the 30-year-old, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore for two years, was quoted as saying by Cricket.com.au. Also Read - PM Modi Likely to Hold COVID-19 Review Meeting With Chief Ministers of 7 Worst-hit States Next Week
“I’m happy to spend that time when the blokes are at the IPL in September I’ll be getting ready for a summer. Also Read - Match Highlights Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings Match 1: Rayudu, du Plessis Fifties Power CSK to 5-Wicket Win vs MI
“The IPL will be around next year and if I feel the urge or people want me around I’ll definitely consider it, but as of this year I’m very comfortable with the decisions I’ve made.”
Starc was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 IPL auction but was ruled out of the season due to an injury and was eventually released in November.
The lanky left-arm pacer is currently training with his NSW state teammates and waiting for a confirmation for Australia’s white-ball tour of the UK.
“It’s still very much up in the air which is the way of the world at the moment. It’s changing day by day. We’re having weekly meetings about the challenges of the tour and where this all sits. We’ve got another one on Thursday to see if there’s any progressions on that,” he said.
“All the players are preparing to play and planning to go. It’s now up to Cricket Australia and the government on both sides as to whether we jump on that plane. In terms of the cricket, we’ll just get ready for the series.”
Australia’s tour of England comprising three T20s and as many ODIs is scheduled to begin on September 4, pending clearance.