The Royal Challengers Bangalore’s quick-bowler Mitchell Starc has discontinued association with the franchise. The quick-bowler has sacrificed a $1 million pay day. The Australian bowler has pulled out of the cash-rich tournament citing some rest to his body from a busy schedule.
After missing the 2016 IPL due to injury, Starc could have been forgiven for insisting on making up for lost time in what is one of the most lucrative sporting tournaments on the planet. Starc was one of the bowlers who were clinical in their approach in the last tour of Sri Lanka.
Australia are touring India for a four-match Test series beginning from February 23. The Aussies didn’t have a great run when they last visited India for a Test series as the visitors faced a whitewash loss against the MS Dhoni-led Indian side.
On the other side, the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise now have a task at their disposal to get a front line fast bowler in the RCB side. Earlier captain Virat Kohli showed interest in picking up Ben Stokes in their squad. He said, ” He’s (Stokes) a guy with great character, he’s always fighting to win games for England. We have seen that from him in Test cricket and today he was really motivated to win the game for them.
But Kohli now would be looking for somebody who can fill this heavy void created after Starc has quit the cash-rich league this season. An option that RCB now have is of England’s Tymal Mills who is also a left-hand bowler and is pretty impressive in the death overs.