Essex Eagles skipper Ryan ten Doeschate will return from the IPL for the first two T20 Blast matches of the season.
The Dutch international, 34, will be back from India to lead the side at Hampshire on Friday and at home against Surrey on Saturday.
He will then rejoin his IPL team, the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Essex head coach Paul Grayson said: "We are a little down on numbers at the moment, and Ryan coming back is such a boost."
Grayson added: "He did well in his first stint as captain last year.
"We start with two tough games, but with Ryan back in the side and a number of our players in good form, we'll be looking for positive results from both."