Despite hinting that he would play in IPL 2022, the Australian speedster Mitchell Starc has opted out of the mega auction.

Speaking on his decision, Starc said he wanted to stay away from bio-bubble to keep himself fresh for the next international assignment.

“I was a click of the button away from entering the auctions but personally didn’t want to spend 22 more weeks in a bio-bubble environment. I needed some time to refresh the body, and keep myself fresh for the upcoming international matches,” Star was quoted as saying by EspnCricinfo.

Starc, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2014 and 2015, said that while he would love to play in one of the best T20 leagues in the world, he wants to be with his wife and other family members.

“There will be a time when I would love to go back to the league but spending time with Alyssa and family is more important at the moment,” he added.

In 27 IPL matches, he has taken 34 wickets at an economy of 7.16. He was recently named the Australia Men’s Cricketer of the Year for his phenomenal performance in 2021. He bowled exceptionally well in the recently concluded Ashes 2021-22.

He is expected to travel to Pakistan for a three-match Test series.

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