Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc and England team Test captain Joe Root have decided not to participate in the auction for IPL 2020 in Kolkata on 19 December. Stark and Root have withdrawn their names from the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, which was included in the list of 971 players released on Monday. Mitchell Starc and Joe Root have given different reasons for not joining the IPL auction. Mitchell Starc will not be able to play these leagues due to his busy schedule, while Joe Root is not keen on playing in the IPL. Both these players have withdrawn their names from the world’s most expensive league. A draft of 971 players has been prepared for the auction of IPL 2020, of which 258 players are foreigners.
Mitchell Starc, who played the last IPL match for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2015, will not be included in the IPL 2020 auction. Earlier in IPL 2018, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bought him for an amount of 9.4 crores, but due to injury he could not play. At the same time, he could not play in IPL 2019 due to the preparation of World Cup and Ashes series.
As of now, ESPNcricinfo has confirmed the news of Mitchell Starc and Joe Root withdrawing from the auction. The reason behind this is that Mitchell Starc will join ‘The Hundred League’ to be held in England. Stark will play for the team of Welsh Fire, who bought him for 1 lakh 60 thousand US Dollars (11.4 million). At the same time, Joe Root is not joining this league, because he was not bought by any team in the IPL 2018 auction.