Australia speedster Mitchell Starc has pulled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 season in order to recover from a gruelling international schedule.
Starc, who made his IPL debut for Royal Challengers Bangalore, missed the previous season of the tournament also while recovering from a stress fracture on his foot and has featured for Australia in almost every series on his comeback.
The New South Wales seamer will spearhead the Australian bowling attack in the upcoming four-match Test series in India and Starc said he wants to use the time to recover completely from his long-standing injury with Champions Trophy around the corner.
"At this point in time after a long summer and with a big tour of India still ahead I think it is in my best interests, both physically and mentally, for me to have a break, spend time with my family and take the opportunity to work on getting back to full fitness," said Starc.
A statement released by Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed that both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Starc decided to part away mutually.
"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," said the statement.
In the absence of Starc, Royal Challengers Bangalore snared England seamer Tymal Mills and Australian speedster Billy Stanlake in the auction held on Monday to strengthen their bowling attack.
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