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IPL 2022: Royal Challengers Bangalore eyes Mitchell Starc as Aussie pacer plans to return to cash-rich league

The Australian pacer has played in only two seasons of the Indian Premier League, both times for RCB.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 12 January 2022 11:21 am

The new year has brought some great news for the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s fans. After AB de Villiers, another one of their marquee players is all set to return to action. Mitchell Starc, who played for RCB in two seasons, is considering putting his name in the mega auction. If Starc returns to the Indian Premier League, it is most likely that he will be bought by the Bangalore-based franchise.

In a recent interview, Starc revealed his plans about playing in the IPL once again. The left-arm quick said that he feels ready to play in all three formats and with the T20 World Cup in sight, he is considering giving his name in the mega auctions. Nominations for this year’s IPL auction (to take place in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13) close on Friday, and Starc indicated today he is genuinely considering making a return to the competition.

“I’ve got two days to get my paperwork in, so that might be something to do today before training. I’ve not put my name down just yet, but I’ve got a couple more days to decide on that. It’s certainly on the table regardless of what the schedule has got coming up,” Starc was quoted saying by cricket.com.au.

“I haven’t been for six years or so. Obviously, with a heavy weighting towards T20s over the last period of time and the World Cup coming up later this year, that’s one to take into consideration as well. There’s a bit going on with scheduling and what-not to get our heads around, certainly for us multi-format players,” the 31-year-old Australian added.

Starc had two successful seasons with RCB

The Australian pacer has played in only two seasons of the Indian Premier League, both times for RCB. Starc bagged a contract with RCB in 2014. He played 27 games for them and claimed 34 wickets at an average of 20.38 and an economy rate of 7.17. However, he could not continue post-2015 due to injuries. But after six long years, the Sydney pacer will be back in the world’s biggest T20 League.

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