Match Tied (Royal Challengers Bangalore win one-over eliminator)
Mitchell Starc is set to miss the IPL for the second consecutive year as he was released by Kolkata Knight Riders via text message.
The left-armer was bought in the auction by KKR for US$1.47 million, but he had to miss out on the event after a stress fracture in his lower right leg.
The Knight Riders told him via text message that he is not a part of their plans for the 2019 tournament, although it was not clear why.
"I got a text message two days ago from the owners of Kolkata saying I've been released from my contract," Starc told reporters in Sydney.
"At the moment I'll be home in April.”
The 2019 IPL auction is due to take place next month and Starc will miss out on a lucrative pay cheque unless he nominates himself for the upcoming season.
The paceman suggested he will forgo the tournament to prepare for the World Cup in June and the Ashes following the mega-event.
"If I don't play the IPL next year it's a good opportunity to freshen up for a massive six months of cricket in the UK," he said.
"The IPL is a lovely bonus on the pay packet but if I miss that to play more Test matches, I'm taking that option."