Starc plans a long-awaited return to the IPL in 2024.

Despite being one of the best white-ball bowlers of his generation, Starc has featured in the IPL only twice

Despite being regarded as one of the best white-ball bowlers of his generation, having topped the ODI World Cup wicket charts in the last two editions, Starc has stayed away from the IPL over the years. The left-arm pacer has only competed in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the competition, but he is set to enter the auction to play next year.

Mitchell Starc’s self-imposed exile from the IPL is set to come to an end, with the pacer aiming to return in 2024. He last appeared in the IPL in 2015.

The pacer has stayed away from the IPL over the years in order to spend time with his family and keep himself fresh amidst the hectic international schedule. He did enter the auction in 2018 and was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders before withdrawing due to an injury. He also skipped the 2019 edition, with the ODI World Cup starting at the end of May. With the World Test Championship Final and the Ashes both scheduled for this year, Starc has chosen to skip both.

The 33-year-old, on the other hand, wants to use the IPL to prepare for the T20 World Cup, which will be held in the Caribbean and the United States next June. “I’m definitely going back (next) year,” Starc said on the Willow Talk cricket podcast. “Among other things, it’s a fantastic build-up to the T20 World Cup.” So it’s a good chance to see if anyone is interested in the IPL, which will then lead into the T20 World Cup. And it’s going to be a relatively quiet winter next year… in comparison to this winter, so I think it’s a good time to put my name in.”

Starc has also stated his desire to play 100 Tests for Australia and hinted that he is unsure of his ODI future after the World Cup. “It took a long time for me to feel like I was good enough for Test cricket,” he admitted. “So I’m going to give it my absolute best shot.” I’ve always loved white-ball cricket, and it’s probably where I got the majority of my opportunities. I’d like to be proficient enough to pass 100 tests. I’d like to be good enough to be chosen for 100 Tests, not just get to 100.

“And then there’s the one-day format, which has a four-year gap between World Cups, so where do I see myself in that mix?” But first and foremost, I must finish this World Cup. But we have some superstars on the way. You have your Jhye Richardsons, Sean Abbotts, and Spencer Johnsons. You have a lot of young guys coming through. Morris is going to be a weapon. I try not to plan too far ahead of time. We obviously want to perform well in the World Cup. Then we have five Test matches in Australia, and I haven’t played a Test in New Zealand, so hopefully I’ll be on that tour and look forward to the challenge.