Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc is recuperating from an ankle injury suffered during the historic day-night Test match against New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval late last year. The fiery pacer underwent surgery just before Christmas, and is currently undergoing rehabilitation process.
The ace seamer will be absent from the entire limited overs series against India. Medical reports suggest that Starc could miss the ICC World T20 2016 as well.
Starc, though, should be fit before the next edition of the IPL. But, Cricket Australia might not let him to play in the cash-rich league because of the tournament's tight schedule, reported The Daily Telegraph.
"That could be a possibility [playing in the IPL]. I don't know at this stage. Again, it comes back to when I start bowling and how [the ankle] reacts to the bowling back on it again," Starc was quoted as saying by Perth Now.
"I guess there is no real time frame. There is the West Indies tri-series after that as well. There's cricket all throughout the year. I don't want to rush it. I want to make sure it's 100% because I've been rushed back before and been dropped after a game. I'll make sure it s 100% before I play my first game."
Starc is one of the premier seamers in the IPL and he has done wonders for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He was also one of the highest wicket-takers in the league last season. If he is not allowed to participate in the upcoming edition of the IPL, then it will be a major blow to Virat Kohli and his men in red and gold.
Team India will also breathe a sigh of relief, as they will not have to face the pace and swing of Starc. Last time India came down to Australia, Starc caused a lot of problems in those bouncy pitches.