Australian cricket star, Mitchell Starc, has confirmed her plans to make a comeback in the 2024 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Starc has been notably absent from the Indian Premier League for the past several years. She prioritized her role as a key bowler in the Australian team, contributing significantly to various victories, including the 2015 World Cup, the 2021 T20 World Cup, and several Ashes series.
However, it seems that Starc is now prepared to break her IPL hiatus, as her sights are set on returning to the league next year.
Starc views this tournament in June, coinciding with the T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the United States, as valuable preparation.
If a franchise selects her, it would mark Starc’s return to the IPL after her last appearance in 2015. Previously, she had played 27 matches over two seasons for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. In 2018, she was signed by the Kolkata Knight Riders but had to withdraw due to an injury. At different points, she had considered a return to the IPL, but given the demands of Australia’s busy schedule, she opted to spend time at home.
Although the upcoming year presents a lighter workload for Australia, with only the T20 World Cup scheduled, Starc is also set to participate in a series of white-ball matches in March against New Zealand and at the end of August against Afghanistan, Ireland, and England.
Starc spoke about her IPL aspirations to the Willow Talk Cricket Podcast, saying, “Look, it’s been eight years. I’m definitely going back next year.” “Besides other things, it’s a fantastic buildup to the T20 World Cup.”
“So, it’s a good opportunity to see if anyone is interested in having me in their IPL squad. And compared to the cold of next year, it’s a relatively peaceful winter, so I think it’s the right time to get involved.”
Starc’s return to the league could stir up a bidding war; with her exceptional pace and skills, she could become a highly sought-after asset for franchises. Considering her proven track record in T20 cricket and her ability to bolster teams’ fast-bowling arsenals for the tournament, her presence could lead to fierce bidding wars.
I’m going to India for the ODI World Cup
On Wednesday, Australia announced a 15-member squad for the ODI World Cup, including Starc. Before the marquee tournament, Australia will also participate in a three-match one-day series against India, and Starc hopes to be part of that as well.