His manager Andrew Fraser confirmed to The Age and Sydney Morning Herald that Starc was bypassing the IPL.
This draft is considered only a minor draft, for teams are “plugging holes”, as one IPL coach said. There will be a mega draft in 2021, when team lists will be overhauled.
Cummins did not play in this year’s IPL because of the busy international campaign that awaited, that being a World Cup in England and an Ashes tour. He last played in 2018 when, bought by the Mumbai Indians for $A1.05 million, he had to withdraw after one game because of back injury.
Cummins has nominated a base price of more than $400,000 but one IPL coach has estimated the leading Test wicket-taker this year could have suitors willing to bid more than $1 million for him for next season alone. Cummins and his management have pushed for multi-year Cricket Australia contracts, with a financial kicker for players willing to bypass the IPL, but the governing body has shown little or no interest.
Starc was ruled out of the 2018 edition because of a leg injury that kept him out of the final Test against South Africa in Johannesburg that year – and the ensuing IPL season.
According to court documents, Starc took out a policy that would pay him a $1.53 million benefit if he missed the IPL season through injury – but that payment was denied. Starc, represented by Mills Oakley lawyers, is suing a syndicate of Lloyd’s of London, the long-running insurance market.
Josh Hazlewood is also leaning towards nominating, having had only one season in the IPL in 2014, when he was with the Mumbai Indians. He withdrew from the 2015 campaign because of impending tours of the West Indies and England.
Matthew Wade last week said he was weighing up whether to enter the draft. If selected, he would return to the competition for the first time in a decade.
Queensland slugger Chris Lynn is without a franchise, having been released from his $1.86 million-a-year deal by the Knight Riders. He has been in contact with franchises seeking support. Lynn has recently dominated in the Abu Dhabi T10 League.
Glenn Maxwell, who has had time away from cricket because of burnout, and Australian one-day international and T20 skipper Aaron Finch have also nominated for the draft.
In a year when there will be a men’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia, playing in the IPL will ensure Australia’s top cricketers are battle hardened for the sport’s frenetic short form.
Jon Pierik is cricket writer for The Age. He also covers AFL and has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.