In a bid to focus more on Test cricket, Australian notable pacer Mitchell Starc has pulled out of the 10th season of India premier League 2017 (IPL) and won’t be a part of the IPL auction either that will take place on February 20 in Bengaluru.
The development comes on the eve of the IPL-10 auction, to be held on Monday in Bangalore.
“The Royal Challengers Bangalore and fast bowler Mitchell Starc have mutually decided to discontinue their association ahead of the upcoming season of VIVO Indian Premier League 2017 in accordance with Regulation 41 of the IPL Player Regulations," the BCCI said in a release.
"The Bangalore franchise will go into Monday's VIVO IPL Player Auction 2017 with an additional purse of INR 5 Crore and an additional slot for overseas player," the Cricket Board added.
RCB now have Rs 17.825 crore (USD 2,660,447 approx.) to spend at the auction.
The left-arm pace bowler was part of the RCB franchise since 2014 but played only two tournaments for them. He missed the entire 2016 season because he was recovering from a foot fracture.
In 2014, he took 14 at 28.71 apiece, with an economy of 7.49, and in 2015 he claimed 20 wickets at 14.55 apiece with an economy of 6.76.
Starc is presently in India with the touring Australian Test team for the four-match series.
(With inputs from PTI)