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The fast bowler from Australia Mitchell Starc is likely to lose out on the $1.53 million dollar payout for his 2018 Indian Premier League contract with the Kolkata Knight Riders. The news comes after the opposition lawyers claimed that the leg-injury in 2018- that had ruled him out of the 11th edition of the cash-rich league was not a sudden or unexpected development.

The Knight Riders had roped in the Aussies pacer for a whopping amount of 1.8 million dollars in the 2018 IPL auction. However, Starc sustained an injury during the Test tour of South Africa and was subsequently ruled out of the competition. Starc then proceeded to file a lawsuit in the Victorian County Court against a syndicate of Lloyd’s of London- the long-standing insurance market- where one can opt for the coverage of ‘unique’ circumstances.

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“Prior to 10 March 2018, the plaintiff placed and accumulated stress upon his right tibial bone by … training for and playing in the first Test … held on 1 to 5 March 2018, training for the second Test … and playing in the first day of the second Test,” the defence stated as quoted by The Sydney Morning Herald.

However. Mitchell Starc maintained that his injury issues began during the second Test between Australia and South Africa on March 10, 2018. His Australian team doctor Richard Shaw also echoed the same, in a statement.

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Previously, Starc had represented the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders decided to let him go after that season. Starc did not feature in the 2019 edition with a view to prepare for the 50-over World Cup in England. He subsequently did not threw his name in the 2020 auctions.