Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a huge blow ahead of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction as Australia pacer Mitchell Starc will not be a part of this year’s tournament.
A tweet from the IPL announced that Mitchell Starc and Bangalore had decided to “discontinue their association ahead of 2017 season”, confirming reports in certain sections of the international media.
NEWS ALERT: @RCBTweets, Mitchell Starc discontinue their association ahead of 2017 season pic.twitter.com/fSounrYkQb— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 19, 2017
A statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India explained that the player and RCB “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.”
This will be a huge blow to the franchise and Bangalore will now go into Monday’s auction with an additional purse of INR 5 crore along with an additional slot for an overseas player.
The 27-year old fast bowler, who missed the previous edition of the IPL due to injury, joined the Bangalore franchise in 2014 and has taken 34 wickets for his side.