Injured Starc ruled out of this season’s IPL


Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) due to a tibial bone stress fracture in his right leg.

Starc was on Friday ruled out of the fourth Test against South Africa, with Chad Sayers coming into the side to make his debut.

It has emerged that left-arm arm paceman Starc will fly home after the series for further injury investigation and assessment instead of linking up with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.

Starc is the third Australian in as many days to be ruled out of the tournament after the BCCI banned Steve Smith and David Warner, who were both caught up in the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked Australian cricket.

The 28-year-old Starc last played in the lucrative IPL in 2015 when he lined up in a star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore side but injuries have made him miss the last two seasons.

Starc is one the best T20 bowlers in world cricket, having taken 127 wickets in 85 matches at an average of 17.44.