David Warner. (Source: Twitter)

Cricket Australia (CA) has said that the contracted Australian players will not be available for the Indian Premier League (IPL) till April 6.

“None of the contracted players will be available for the IPL before April 6, whether they are playing in the white-ball series (vs Pakistan) or not,” a spokesman for the CA told Cricbuzz on Monday (February 21).

“There is a bit of optics involved here,” an official from a franchise, which has a top Australian cricketer in the squad, told Cricbuzz. “The CA would not permit their contracted players to participate in the IPL before April 5 but the players would come here and complete the required bio-security protocols meanwhile.”