South Africa's World Cup campaign may hold the key to reigniting the Big Bash League, with Faf du Plessis headlining a list of veteran Proteas likely to be pursued by clubs.
AB de Villiers has walked away from the BBL but du Plessis, his childhood friend and successor as South Africa skipper, may soon become the competition's biggest international drawcard.
Perth Scorchers are the only franchise to have gone public with their interest but rivals are keeping a close eye on du Plessis' movements.
"Faf's not going to make any decisions until after the World Cup, when he will decide whether he's going to retire from international cricket or not," WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said last week.
Batsman JP Duminy and legspinner Imran Tahir, the leading wicket-taker in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL), have already declared they will retire from ODIs after the World Cup.
Fellow South Africans Dale Steyn, who signed a one-game deal with Brisbane Heat in 2012 but was withdrawn at the last minute, and Hashim Amla will both be 36 by the end of the tournament that starts later this month in England.
Most BBL franchises are waiting for greater clarity regarding Australian players' availability, plus the schedule that is likely to be finalised in early June, before making any decisions regarding international targets.
There is hope Steve Smith and other Australian superstars, whose only international commitment in January after the SCG Test is a brief ODI tour of India, will be free for almost a month of BBL.
Smith, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood don't have BBL contracts but are eyeing a return to Sydney Sixers.
It's believed the Sixers, who already have Tom Curran on their books, are on the cusp of completing a deal for another Englishman rather than chasing du Plessis.
If du Plessis retires from one or two formats, having previously suggested the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia will be his likely international swansong, then a short-term BBL stint could still be on the cards.
Du Plessis lacks de Villiers' astonishing 360-degree hitting but his talent was reflected in a potent opening combination with Shane Watson that helped march Chennai to the recent IPL final.
The 34-year-old is well known to Australian fans, having been the pantomime villain of summers past plus the opposing captain in the middle of the Cape Town cheating scandal.
Perth are seeking to bolster their top order following Shaun Marsh's move to Melbourne Renegades.
Du Plessis would also be an ideal fit at Brisbane and Sydney Thunder, seeking to replace the explosive hitting and experience of Brendon McCullum and Watson respectively.