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Starc on prioritising national duty over cash-rich leagues

Mitchell Starc is a key component of Australia’s fast-bowling arsenal.

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Stark is one of the few players still alive who have not played in a Big Bash, Indian Premier League or other league franchise tournament in over eight years. In 2014, Stark signed with Indian Premier League (IPL) side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Before finally leaving the team to concentrate on international cricket, Speedster played a key role in his 2015 edition with RCB.

Meanwhile, India’s quest for the elusive ICC championship ended as they lost 209 runs to Pat Cummins’ Australia in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final at The Oval on Sunday. It’s not going to end any time soon. India needed 444 points in the second innings to win, but won by 234 points and Australia easily won the match.

Starc, who played a crucial role in Australia’s success during the 2021-23 World Test Championship cycle seems to find solace in playing for Australia at a time when players around the world are eagerly looking forward to bagging contracts in franchise competitions around the world.

“I dont regret any of it, money will come and go but Im very grateful for the opportunities Ive had. Over a hundred years of Test cricket and theres been less than 500 men who have played it for Australia, that in itself makes it very special to be a part of it. Theres nothing I love more in cricket than to sit back with my teammates at the end of a Test win and reflect on the success weve had that week,” Starc was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

You need clearance from your club to go and play international sport: Starc

Starc confesses that his passion for the sport extends beyond financial gain, which is why he prefers to don the baggy green cap rather than travelling the world playing franchise cricket. He also reiterated that Test cricket is in exciting times right now, with talk of franchise cricket offering players 12-month contracts.

“To be able to paint on a baggy green with so many close friends who grew up on this game. but this is a lucky opportunity that i have had for over 10 years there are more and more cricket franchises and more talk about 12 month franchises this is because there is an international window It could be something like football or football where you need a permit from a club to play an international sport,” he added.

Stark is the current Australian side’s main fast bowler in all its forms and his notable performances at the 2021 T20 World Cup and the 2015 World Cup have contributed significantly to Australia’s success. He will be one of the key players in the upcoming Ashes series.



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