Australian Speedster Mitchell Starc, who missed the IPL 2019 due to an injury just before the IPL, has submitted the video footage of the injury to claim the insurance. Mitchell Starc was picked by Kolkata Night Riders in the 2018 auction for a hefty sum of Rs. 9.40 Crore. But right before the tournament he suffered an untimely injury in the Test series against South Africa.
After he missed the tournament owing to injury, the speedster was seeking an insurance claim of USD 1.53 million from the insurer. However, the insurer refused to pay the amount as the deal was insured against a single sudden injury (Point of time) that forced him to miss the tournament. Clyde and Co lawyers are representing the insurer has said that there have been disputes over the timing of the injury and it is believed that Starc gradually developed the injury in the second Test between Australia and South Africa so he can’t be paid the insurance amount.
Dr Seamus Dalton, acting on behalf of the insurer, said: “In my opinion, the complainant did not suffer an injury or accident on 10 March 2018. Starc became aware of the onset of right posterior and posteriolateral calf pain during the course of the second Test. Onset appears to have been gradual and symptoms continued over the course of the Test.”
Orthopaedic surgeon Russel Miller, who is representing Starc said that the injury was “complex and multifactorial” but “it is likely, on the balance of probabilities.
The date for the civil trial was initially listed for March 30, which was then rescheduled to June 17 before it was further delayed to August 12 this year. There also have been mediation talks on May 25 and 26 and Starc’s manager Andrew Fraser provided two video footages of one minute 37 seconds, and the second 7:25 minutes from Fox Sports, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Starc’s lawyers are said to have argued that “he was bowling on uneven foot marks on a worn pitch and “he suffered an injury to his right tibial bone (Injury), revealed by a sudden onset of pain in his right calf which worsened over the next few bowling sessions and during the next Test match,” a claim that the lawyers of the insurers are said to have disputed.
For Starc to claim the insurance, he has to prove that he suffered a single, sudden, and unexpected event that caused him to miss the tournament.