Cricket Australia has confirmed that players holding IPL deals will be able to rejoin their franchises for the resumption of the competition next month with the aim of using it as preparation for the T20 World Cup.
A significant number of the 20 Australians with IPL contracts are expected to return although that won’t include Pat Cummins due to the birth of his first child. Steven Smith‘s availability will depend on his recovery from an elbow injury which kept him out of the recent tours of West Indies and Bangladesh.
It was confirmed on Saturday that franchises will be able to call on players who had previously withdrawn from the tournament when it began in India if they make themselves available. That could, therefore, mean Josh Hazlewood (Chennai Super Kings), Mitchell Marsh (Sunrisers Hyderabad), and Josh Philippe (Royal Challengers Bangalore) are back in the fold.