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Big hit: It's country ahead of IPL pay day for me, says Starc

14 November 2018 4:53 AM
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However, the workload and injury debate also impacts batsmen and all-rounders, including power hitter Chris Lynn, who continues to nurse a troublesome shoulder which prevents him from diving in the field. Lynn was the highest-paid Australian in the IPL last season, pocketing $1.86 million from the Knight Riders.

All CA-contracted players are on one-year deals, although some, including David Warner, were put on multi-year deals in 2015 when Indian conglomerate Essel Group threatened to establish a rival competition.

Starc, one of CA's highest-paid players, said there were players who would enjoy longer-term contracts.

"I'm sure it would for a lot of people - it's no different to working life outside the sporting field. When you look at some of the dollars involved in the IPL and some of the T20 leagues around the world, for guys who might be on the fringe or want to concentrate on T20 cricket, it's beneficial to play in those leagues," he said.

"At the moment, for me, I want to play as much Test and one-day cricket as I can for Australia. The IPL is a lovely bonus on the pay packet but if I miss that to play more Test matches, I am taking that option."


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