IPL 2017: Mitchell Starc parts ways with Royal Challengers Bangalore on the eve of auction
Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has pulled out of this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) season, ending his association with his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.
New Delhi: Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has pulled out of this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) season, ending his association with his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.
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 tomorrow's (Monday) 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 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.
The current five-year rights are with Star India but, according to people who are in decision-making capacity, the valuation could more than double and reach $5 billion.
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