When you think of some of the fastest bowlers in current era, you can’t not think of Mitchell Starc. Starc has been in around in international cricket for a decade now, and he has made his name like no other. Fierce, bold and sharp – these are some of the words that go with Starc’s bowling style. Starc was the leading wicket-taker in 2015 World Cup, which was a tournament-winning performance for Australia. He has faced injuries due to which there have been times he is unavailable. But an Australian team with Starc becomes one of the toughest opposition for any cricketing country.
Starc has always prioritized international cricket over franchise cricket. While he did play for Royal Challengers Banglore in the mid-2010s, there have been many seasons where he has skipped this prestigious tournament. It’s hard for cricketers to stay fully fit, but it’s even harder for fast bowlers. BBL is around the corner and Cricket Australia have been desperate to get top-tier talent to feature in this tournament.
Unfortunately, Starc has pulled out of this tournament. Citing international cricket as the first priority, Starc said that franchise cricket has always been a second option for him. Also, it must be taken into consideration that the next 18 months are jam-packed for Australian cricketers. While Starc opting out of the tournament will hurt BBL’s viewership, there are other top cricketers who will feature. Faf du Plessis is perhaps the biggest overseas cricketer so far confirmed to feature in BBL.
Franchise Cricket Has Taken A Back Seat For Me – Starc
“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 in Galle. 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 (Alyssa Healy, who is also often away).”