The fast left arm will decide in the next few days if he takes part in the mega auction, given Australia’s busy touring schedule on both sides of this year’s IPL.
Speaking ahead of the Fifth Ash Test in Hobart, Starc revealed that he is seriously considering participating in the IPL mega auction, which is slated for February.
“I have two days to fill out my papers so maybe this is something I do today before practice,” said Starc. “I haven’t entered my name yet, but I still have a few days to make up my mind. It’s definitely on the table, whatever the schedule is. I haven’t been for about six years.
“With obviously a heavy weight in the T20s during the last period and the World Cup coming later this year, that’s a factor to take into consideration.”
Starc has only played two IPL seasons, in 2014 and 2015 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, despite being one of the best and most valuable T20 bowlers in the world for the past seven years.
Starc has a lot to consider from a workload perspective. Australia have a three-game ODI streak and a single home T20I against New Zealand following the Ashes, then a five-game T20I streak against Sri Lanka in February. The test team is then expected to travel to Pakistan in late February before three tests in March, followed by three ODIs and one T20I ending on April 5.
The IPL has expanded to a ten-team competition in 2022, with each team now set to play 18 home and away matches plus the playoffs, meaning the tournament will run from April through early June.
Australia are also expected to travel to Sri Lanka for a test and limited tour in June and July, and there will be no break until August for any multi-format player choosing to participate in the IPL.
“The schedules are pretty busy, when you add all the tours we obviously have a few sets of white balls after the Ashes before this tour in Pakistan,” Starc said. “Then you take the IPL into consideration, then a tour of Sri Lanka after that, so it’s six huge months of cricket for everyone, but certainly for these multi-format players.
“We had a little briefing the other day on the upcoming tour [of Pakistan]. I think it will take some time for all players to process this information. And then obviously we have a test match this week to play and play, and then we’ll move on. “
Alex Malcolm is Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo