Cricket Business : Mitchell Starc wants to do what Steve Smith did, start-up investments

Australia’s best bowler wants to emulate Australia’s best batsman. Yes, Mitchell Starc wants to do what Steve Smith did couple of months back, i.e start-up investments. Smith hit a jackpot as his $100K investment in 2015 in Koala Mattress is currently valued at $13.7Mn. Taking cue from that Starc is now dipping his toes into the start-up investment world. Starc is not alone, he will be investing along with 25 other Australian sports stars who have formed a new investment syndicate to invest into interesting early stage initiatives. 
According to Australian business platform Financial Review, Along with Starc, those involved in the newly formed Athletic Ventures include NBA player Matthew Dellavedova, Wallabies captain and rugby union player Michael Hooper, and Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL players Matt de Boer and Toby Greene.

Not only this, consortium of Athletic Ventures’ has already made their first investment – just over $500,000 in digital marketing company Eucalyptus. Athletic Ventures will predominantly focus on spaces that players can understand based on their own experience, for example, start-ups that are disrupting the health and fitness industries.

IPL: Starc reaches settlement in insurance fight of $1.53m for missing 2018 IPL

Meanwhile there is another good news for star Australian pacer.  Starc has reached a settlement in his fight for an insurance payout of $1.53 million for losing his IPL deal with Kolkata Knight Riders due to an injury in 2018. According to a report in the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’, “The settlement came on Monday, just two days before the case was due to be heard in the Victorian County Court.”

“Terms of the agreement, including a financial settlement, were not yet released but are due to be filed within days.”

Starc, who bagged a USD 1.8 million (Rs 9.4 crore) contract with KKR ahead of the 2018 IPL, couldn’t play a single match due to a right leg injury.

The left-arm pacer had claimed that on March 10, 2018, he started feeling pain in his right calf while bowling on uneven footmarks on a worn pitch during the second Test in South Africa. It worsened over the next few bowling sessions and during the third Test match, he fractured his right tibial bone.

Starc needed to prove that “he suffered a single, sudden and unexpected event which occurred at an identifiable time and place” to avail the insurance. He had filed a lawsuit against his insurers in April last year. The insurers had disputed the timing of the injury in the second Test at Port Elizabeth.

Starc’s manager Andrew Fraser had tried mediation in May and furnished video footage of the second Test against South Africa to prove that he got injured real-time and deserves the payout but the talks failed. Both sides had filed medical reports claiming the opposite.

Starc took the help of orthopaedic surgeon Russel Miller, who said the injury was “complex and multifactorial” but “it is likely, on the balance of probabilities, that at specific injury occurred on 10/03/2018 which was associated with extreme physical activity including bowling on a pitch with uneven footmarks’.”

However, Doctor Seamus Dalton, on behalf of the insurer, said: “In my opinion the plaintiff did not suffer an injury or accident on 10 March 2018…Onset appears to have been gradual and symptoms continued over the course of the Test.”