Australian pacer Nathan Ellis has signed a contract with the IPL ahead of the second leg of the league in the UAE after being named a traveling reserve in the national team for the T20 World Cup.
“Ellis was chased by three IPL franchises on Thursday night for the upcoming tournament, before agreeing deals with the unnamed team on Thursday night,” a report on Cricket.com.au said.
Earlier on Thursday, the 26-year-old Ellis was named as one of the three Australian reserve players for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which will take place after the IPL.
The development came less than fifteen days after he scored a hat-trick in his international debut against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
The IPL deal of the right-arm fast bowler is subject to the approval of Cricket Australia.
His wickets against Bangladesh included Mahmudullah, Mehdi Hasan and Mustafizur Rehman in the last three balls of the innings, making him the first cricketer to score a hat-trick in his T20I debut.
He became the third Australian to score a hat-trick in a T20 International match with Brett Lee and Ashton Agar.
Ellis was not sold at a player auction in January.