IPL 2019: Kolkata end Australian pacer Mitchell Starc's contract via text message

A file photo of Mitchell Starc. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 14, 2018, 01.59 PM (IST)

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc will not be a part of cash-rich tournament Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, after he was released by franchise Kolkata via a text message. 

Starc, who was picked by Bollywood actor SRK owned team for a whopping Rs 9.4 crore, missed the 2018 edition due to a right leg injury which he sustained during the infamous Test series against South Africa. 

"I got a text message two days ago from the owners of Kolkata saying I've been released from my contract," Starc was quoted as saying to a Sports website. 

"At the moment I'll be home in April. I obviously didn't go last year with my tibia injury and it was a great opportunity to freshen the body up, let everything heal by itself."

"I guess barring a little niggle in my hammy I've felt pretty good with my body and my strength and the rest of it. That little period of time has really paid off for the body. 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."

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia is expected to limit how much its players will feature in the IPL, with the World Cup a major focus.