Sydney, Oct 27(ANI): Australia’s young fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who has been in tremendous form of-late, is likely to have cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises hounding him for his signature, which could net the left-arm fast bowler a 500,000 dollars plus pay day in the next 18 months.
Starc is likely to be one of the most sought-after players at next year’s IPL auction, should he decide to nominate, but it’s in 2014 when he could really cash in.
Starc, the Champions League’s leading wicket-taker, has been one of the revelations of the tournament, which has become a rich source of talent for IPL recruiters.
Joy Bhattacharya, who is the man responsible for assembling the Kolkata Knight Riders playing roster, which won this year’s IPL title, has been impressed by what he has seen of Starc in recent weeks.
“Everyone is on the lookout for good international fast bowling because there aren’t that many brilliant ones around,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Knight Riders’ team director, Bhattacharya,” as saying.
“Starc is a left-hander, which is always an added bonus. What happens in the IPL is a lot of Indian batsmen who wouldn’t have seen a lot of high quality international pace, and [being] left-handed makes it slightly more difficult. He has the height and bounce,” he added.
IPL rules also add to Starc’s prospects because each team must contain seven Indian players and according to Bhattacharya Indian domestic players will not be used to the bounce and swing that Starc obtains. (ANI)