Around three months before the IPL 2024 mini-auction, Australian pace bowler Mitchell Starc has confirmed his participation in the auction and his return to the IPL for the upcoming season.

Mitchell Starc, who previously played in the 2014 and 2015 IPL seasons with RCB, stated that IPL 2024 would provide him with valuable preparation and experience ahead of the T20 World Cup scheduled for June in the West Indies and the USA.

Starc, with his status as a left-arm fast bowler and his batting capabilities, is likely to generate significant interest from franchises during the IPL 2024 mini-auction, potentially securing a lucrative contract. This marks Starc’s return to the IPL after an absence of nine years.

In a statement made on the Willow Talk Cricket Podcast, Starc shared his intentions, saying, “It’s been eight years. I’m definitely going back next year. Among other things, it’s a great lead-up to the T20 World Cup. So, it’s a good opportunity to see if anyone’s interested in the IPL, then lead into the T20 World Cup. And next year seems to be a quieter one… in comparison to this year, so I think it’s a perfect opportunity to put my name in.”

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During his two-year tenure with RCB in 2014 and 2015, Mitchell Starc delivered impressive performances, claiming 34 wickets in 27 matches, with a best bowling figure of 4/15. His IPL journey took a twist when the Kolkata Knight Riders acquired him for INR 9.4 crore, but an injury forced him to withdraw from the tournament. Since then, Starc has refrained from participating in IPL auctions, prioritizing rest and fitness for his contributions to Australian cricket across all formats.

However, the upcoming year presents a relatively lighter cricket schedule for Australia. With the IPL occurring just before the T20 World Cup in 2024, Mitchell Starc has decided to embrace the IPL once more.

Currently, Starc’s primary focus is on the impending World Cup in 2023, set to be held in India. He holds the distinction of being the leading wicket-taker in the last two ODI World Cups and was part of Australia’s victorious squad in the 2015 tournament. Looking ahead, he aims to excel in the World Cup, followed by a series of five Test matches in Australia and the prospect of playing his first Test in New Zealand, presenting a new and exciting challenge.

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