IPL news February 19, 2017

RCB and Mitchell Starc part ways ahead of 2017 season

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Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mitchell Starc have parted ways ahead of the 2017 IPL season; the Australia fast bowler will not be part of the IPL player auction on February 20 either.

Cricket Australia said Starc's workload was too heavy for him to play in the IPL and that he would "undertake a period of rehabilitation and strength" ahead of the Champions Trophy in England in June.

Starc said: "At this point in time after a long summer and with a big tour of India still ahead I think it is in my best interests, both physically and mentally, for me to have a break, spend time with my family and take the opportunity to work on getting back to full fitness."

RCB will now go into the player auction in Bangalore with two slots for overseas players - they previously had only one - and an additional INR 5 crore (US$ 746,000 approx.) in their purse, which was Starc's price. RCB now have INR 17.825 crore (US$ 2,660,447 approx.) to spend at the auction.

Starc was part of the RCB franchise since 2014 but played only two tournaments for them. He missed the entire 2016 season because he was recovering from a foot fracture. In 2014, he took 14 at 28.71 apiece, with an economy of 7.49, and in 2015 he claimed 20 wickets at 14.55 apiece with an economy of 6.76.

RCB squad Virat Kohli (capt), Chris Gayle, 3 KL Rahul (wk), AB De Villiers, Shane Watson, Kedhar Jadhav, Stuart Binny, Yuzvendra Chahal, Iqbal Abdulla, S Aravind, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, Samuel Badree, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi

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  • abhishek on February 22, 2017, 7:50 GMT

    Few people are talking about starc is fear of beating by Indian domestic cricket

    Just for their shake of knowledge I will appreciate that he give up money to play more for his country then club

    In this time people need to realise their preference and I think his preference is country

    I am Indian and I proud of that

    I wish some Indian player and other player also learn from this

    As they are not money making machine they need to develop skill in offseason

  • bonafi7559191 on February 20, 2017, 9:47 GMT

    @RAJESH_INDIA_1990 ON starc averaged 14.55 (20 wickets in 9 matches) in 2015.... I can see who's escaping from the "beating"

  • Sanjay on February 20, 2017, 9:26 GMT

    It's good to be right. Again.

  • Kushal on February 20, 2017, 8:43 GMT

    Good call by starc. Ge is not fooled by his success against our SL batsmen in his last tour. Our talentless and spineless batting made him look great. But our batting even made Binny look great when India toured. Anyway he will have a long series in India and will get injured becoz of bowling 30 overs every innings. Kohli to score a 300 and a 200 in upcoming series.

  • Rajesh on February 20, 2017, 6:02 GMT

    Nice way to escape from the beating from the hands of some domestic Indian players

  • sam on February 20, 2017, 5:35 GMT

    @cricfan31453108- Unlikely. As,for that our capt Kohli won't be batting in the middle for any length of time in the coming series-he won't be allowed to.Starc would be having the Ind capt as his main target and he'll be sending him back to dressing rooms v early on ore than few occasion,eventually having his 'number' by end of the series,like Eng's Jimmy did on Ind's tour of Eng last..

  • vvkkmrcriclover on February 20, 2017, 3:29 GMT

    Eng plays SA for test match only or does it have T20 match too? Presence of players like Billings, Mills, Morris etc. will depend on this too

  • Sanjay on February 20, 2017, 1:59 GMT

    Didn't Starc miss the whole of last IPL season? He may have made the difference in last year's Final had he been available, who knows? RCB could go for Tymal Mills who should be available for the whole season. Further, he seems extremely enthusiastic with absolutely no ego, chip on his shoulder. I'm sure he'll enjoy mixing it with the RCB squad, seems a perfect fit to me.

  • JSingh4943502 on February 20, 2017, 1:45 GMT

    As A RCB fan for life, I find this as a big blow. RCB should now focus on Tymal Mills in order to pull their powerplay bowling together, and then buy B. Stokes, if they think that they can fare without him in the final, or they should go for C. de Grandhomme. Or they might want Trent Boult. But knowing Kohli, get ready for that RCB shirt on Mills.

  • Kartik on February 20, 2017, 1:42 GMT

    Stokes ! Stokes ! Stokes ! If there was any reason not to consider Stokes, now even that has gone

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