Starc and Cummins sat out of last year’s IPL to rest in preparation for the World Cup and Ashes. Starc also missed the 2018 edition due to injuries sustained during a Test tour of India in the weeks leading up to the tournament.
Cummins last week urged CA to give more job security to players.
Hazlewood, despite his standing as one of the game’s elite fast bowlers, has never played in the event though was on the books of Mumbai Indians in 2014-15. He missed the 2015 season to manage his workload leading into that year’s Ashes in England.
“I was on one [multi-year deal] recently for a couple of years, they probably did that because I wasn’t going into the IPL auction,” Hazlewood said.
“Certainly, the top couple of players who you know will be the best players for a few years could have those discussions.
“Internationals are cut throat with the top 20 players in the country [getting contracts]. It’s probably worth a discussion to have for the top three maybe or for the top fast bowlers. It’s a tough one. They’ve done it before, it’s definitely worth a discussion, I think.”
Out of favour in the limited-overs arena, Hazlewood wants to re-establish himself as an all-format player for Australia.
He is eyeing a berth in Australia’s T20 World Cup squad in a year’s time but knows he needs to play more in that format to break into the side. Hazlewood’s last T20 game was in the 2016 World Cup.
It’s why he is keen to play in the Big Bash League in the new year and is putting his hand up for the upcoming IPL player auction for 2020, the final season before franchises can put together new squads in the mega auction leading into 2021.
“I think I will this year. The winter last year was huge, I had a back injury so it wasn’t really an option,” Hazlewood said. “If I get through this summer well, the winter’s quiet so it’ll be a good opportunity to get out there and play some T20 cricket, put my name up there.
“IPL is a huge tournament, the quality of it is outstanding. It’s good to test your skills and learn from guys who have been there the best part of 10 years now.”
Hazlewood, formerly of the Sydney Sixers, is still working on a deal for this summer’s BBL but would be a prized pick up for any franchise, especially if he is overlooked for Australia’s one-day international tour of India and thus free to play in the final month of the tournament.
“I haven’t signed with anyone but it’s looking likely – just see how many games I’m available for and what sort of deal we can strike up,” Hazlewood said. “Hopefully I can get out there for a few games, whether it’s with the Sixers or someone else.”
Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald