Australia bowler Mitchell Starc says he has been dropped from his contract with Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders - by text message.
"But at the moment for me I just want to play as much Test cricket and one-day cricket as I can for Australia as I can".
Starc can go back into the player auction and pick up another rich deal, but for now he's got a serious hole in his bank account. Since then, he has opted out of the IPL due to various injuries and niggles. Cricket Australia also mandated that players released to play in the IPL and picked in next year's World Cup will be expected to attend a training camp in early May and the official practice matches ahead of the tournament.
"I got a text message two days ago from the owners of Kolkata saying I've been released from my contract", Starc said. As far as I'm aware everyone's on one year at the moment [with CA]. It was a great opportunity to freshen the body up and let it heal by itself.
There has been growing talks off late of resting the Indian pacers who are in the fray for the World Cup and Starc's admission is a testament to the fact that fast bowlers need to rest their bodies adequately in order to perform at their highest potential.
"In the interest of making Australians proud of our team, we are working hard to ensure their health and match readiness ahead of what will undoubtedly be a huge year in cricket, while respecting the players' interests in playing in the various formats", Clark said."It is a difficult period with the IPL being brought forward to accommodate the Cricket World Cup, and overlapping our domestic season".
The exact reason for Starc's release is not yet known, but it is being believed that it could be because of the uncertainty around his availability for the 2019 season.
There is every chance the 28-year-old could be snapped up by a rival franchise but either way the big quick will have a heavy workload with the ODI World Cup and an Ashes tour on the menu next year.