The Nottinghamshire and England opener has long since wanted to play in the IPL, with his only taste of the big money Twenty20 tournament coming in the form of a two-week stint as a replacement with Mumbai Indians in 2015, where he did not play.
Before that he will squeeze in a short stint in the PSL ahead of England's ODI series in the West Indies from the end of February.
The 27-year-old admits it is a disappointment his time with Peshawar Zalmi will be a short one.
"We're only available for 10 or 11 days, which is a shame. We're there in the middle of February and I'm really looking forward to it," he said.
"Then we go to the Caribbean for a few ODIs after that. After Christmas it's a packed winter of cricket so I'm really keen to get cracking with that."
Should the world ranked number eight T20 batsman miss out on an IPL deal, he will be available for Notts at the start of the summer, giving him an early chance to begin his push for a Test recall before England's summer ODI schedule begins in May.
"I'm not sure what's happening with the IPL. We've got the auction for that," he said.
"If that doesn't happen then we've got three or four games with Notts before the one day stuff starts with England.
"It's a time where me, Jake (Ball) and Broady (Stuart Broad) are all available. We'll be a strong unit at the start of the year."