Mitchell Starc Hints at Dropping One Format, Prioritizes T20s

NEW DELHI: Australian pacer Mitchell Starc, who has been loyal to the 'Baggy Green' for nearly ten years, has hinted that he may give up one format to free up more time for franchise cricket.The 34-year-old did not say which format he would be giving up, but since the next 50-over World Cup is in 2027, it is probably going to be ODIs.Starc, who the Kolkata Knight Riders acquired for a record 24.75 crore, excelled in the competition's business end. With 17 wickets in total, five of which came in the two knockout games, he helped the Shah Rukh Khan-owned squad win the title with ease.In response to a question from PTI regarding his next steps following his finest season in franchise cricket, Starc suggested that T20s might take centre stage in his line-up.

"For the last nine years, I certainly prioritised Australian cricket. Moving forward, I am certainly closer to the end of my career than the start. One format may be dropped off, which will open doors for a lot of franchise cricket," the 'King of Swing' said.He added that the IPL this year will help him get ready for the June 1-11 T20 World Cup in the West Indies. Starc is hopeful of turning up for KKR even next year. For more sports news, follow Spinmatch.