MELBOURNE: Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has announced that he won’t be playing in the forthcoming Big Bash League (BBL) season because he wants to focus on staying in shape for international duty.
According to cricket.com.au, Starc confirmed that he will not be available for this year’s BBL due to the Australian cricket team’s busy schedule for the upcoming 18 months.
The speedster, 32, asserted that he always put Australia Cricket ahead of any franchise league.
I have looked at the Australian calendar and my attitude to the IPL and BBL is to be as fit and effective as I can be there, he said.
“I will always prioritise Australian cricket, with franchise cricket coming in second,” he continued.
The Australian team, meanwhile, will have a busy few months leading up to their home T20 World Cup in October-November. The squad is currently touring Sri Lanka and will play limited-over bilateral matches against West Indies, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, India, and England afterward.
The bowler Starc recently had a finger injury before of the white-ball series against Sri Lanka and was subsequently ruled out of the series, therefore it is vital to highlight this here.