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Mitchell Starc had pulled out of IPL 2020 to focus on T20 World Cup but the global tournament has been postponed to 2022 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Mitchell Starc says he doesn’t regret his decision to skip IPL 2020 (Coutesy by BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mitchell Starc pulled out of IPL 2020 to focus on T20 World Cup
  • IPL missed April-May window but is all set to be played in UAE from September 19
  • I’m very comfortable with the decisions I’ve made: Mitchell Starc

Left-arm Australian pacer Mitchell Starc doesn”t regret giving the IPL a miss this year, saying he is comfortable training for the upcoming summer season.

Starc had pulled out of the lucrative T20 event to focus on the T20 World Cup in Australia which was postponed last month due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I know hindsight is a wonderful thing and now the IPL is on at a different time but no, I wouldn”t change it,” the 30-year-old, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore for two years, was quoted as saying by Cricket.com.au.

“I’m happy to spend that time when the blokes are at the IPL in September I’ll be getting ready for a summer.

“The IPL will be around next year and if I feel the urge or people want me around I’ll definitely consider it, but as of this year I’m very comfortable with the decisions I’ve made.”

Starc hopeful of Australia’s tour to England

Starc was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 IPL auction but was ruled out of the season due to an injury and was eventually released in November.

The lanky pacer is currently training with his NSW state teammates and waiting for a confirmation for Australia’s white-ball tour of the UK.

“It”s still very much up in the air which is the way of the world at the moment. It”s changing day by day. We’re having weekly meetings about the challenges of the tour and where this all sits. We’ve got another one on Thursday to see if there’s any progressions on that,” he said.

“All the players are preparing to play and planning to go. It’s now up to Cricket Australia and the government on both sides as to whether we jump on that plane. In terms of the cricket, we’ll just get ready for the series.”

Australia’s tour of England comprising three T20s and as many ODIs is scheduled to begin on September 4, pending clearance.

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