Mitchell Confirmed: Starc will continue to leave BBL despite being available, Starc has become the first Australian star to confirm that he will not play in this summer’s Big Bash League as talks on future player availability are underway.
The Desperate to play more top-line talent:-
This summer is crucial for the competition out of the Covid-19 pandemic, with Cricket Australia desperate to bring in as much top-line talent as possible.
Australia’s multi-format stars are expected to be available for a large part of it, with January’s one-day series against South Africa being cancelled.
But that won’t change the position of Stark, who doesn’t see himself as characteristic of him any time soon.
The 32-year-old Tej last played for Sydney Sixers in 2014-15, while paying around $10 million in potential salary since then.
My outlook hasn’t changed in the last seven years:-
“I’ve always enjoyed the BBL when I’ve played it… but with all franchise cricket my approach hasn’t changed over the last seven years,” Starc told AAP in Galle.
“My approach to IPL, BBL, I have looked at the Australian schedule and I want to be as fit and good as I can for it.
“And franchise cricket has taken a back seat”
Starc’s position comes amid a chaotic international schedule. Following the current tour in Sri Lanka, Australia have a white-ball series against Zimbabwe, New Zealand, India, England, and West Indies as well as the home T20 World Cup.
Tests against West Indies and South Africa ahead of the BBL window, with a tour of India, an away Ashes, and a 50-over World Cup were highlights on next year’s calendar.
“The program over the next 18 months is ridiculous,” Stark said.
“I will always keep Australian cricket in mind, and then franchise cricket (second).
“I love spending time at home and seeing my wife (Alyssa Healy, who is also often away).”
However, the reluctance of Stark and others may be challenged in the coming years.
A Push to participate in the next salary negotiations
There will be a push in the next salary talks for players to be contracted to a club and not be injured or take part in Australian duties.
The current MoU expires in mid-2023, meaning such an arrangement could be in place for the following summer if agreed.
It comes amid criticism of the quality of the competition, with CA preparing to defend the league in federal court as Seven Network tries to break from its broadcast deal.
Usman Khawaja (Brisbane Heat), Mitchell Swepson (Brisbane Heat). Nathan Lyon (Sixers), and Alex Carey (Adelaide Strikers) all have contracts for this summer.
Labuschagne may re-sign with Brisbane:-
Marnus Labuschagne may re-sign with Brisbane and Travis Head, who has long played for Adelaide.
Steven Smith is also likely to play, glad there is a push for clubs to be able to welcome Australian players into the squad after last summer’s shutdown.
Josh Hazlewood recently played for the Sixers until 2019-20, while Cameron Green left last year and Pat Cummins and David Warner were out for long periods.
CA is confident the overseas player draft will bring strength to the competition with Faf du Plessis wooing his first big fish last week.