Yes, but only temporarily, so he could attend the birth of his second child. From Dravid The Wall:
When he left, most of his Royal Challengers teammates were around to congratulate him in advance but the team management will now be sweating over his return.”He is absolutely vital to our team structure and we would like him back as soon as possible,” a member of the team management said on Saturday.
What effect does fatherhood have on a cricket player? We hear constant talk of players finding “maturity” as their careers progress, sometimes only two or three years after their debuts. Would Kevin Pietersen “settle down” on the pitch if he ever became a father?
Matthew Hoggard recently wrote a semi-readable account of his time away from the English team after he was dropped. It included this moving passage:
Still, there’s a silver lining, and that has been the chance to watch Ernie grow up this winter. I’m enjoying every minute of it, but I’m also getting an understanding of how hard it is as well! It’s not a walk in the park by any stretch, but you share the experiences and grow with them, and just live life as a normal person. A lot of people don’t get to do that – not just sportsmen, but people who have to work away from home. I was lucky enough to do it for six months, and I loved it.