I think that IGL'ing was less of an issue than the overall mentality of players. Which is something multiple ex-VP guys said in last couple years, I believe. Of course always good to take it with a pinch of salt though.
Other thing is, it's probably his best and last shot at playing in a couple bigger tournaments again, so that might be an argument for giving it a go.
Bit of an odd choice, but then, budget is a factor there is a *chance* that it might work out. Will be curious to watch, at least.