As we reported earlier that English fast bowler David Willey may opt out of IPL as his wife is giving birth to their second child. Now David Willey has confirmed the news.
David willey while addressing media said that “Unfortunately, due to family reasons I’ve had to pull out of the IPL. Chennai were very understanding and supportive as Yorkshire have been as well. It’s never an easy decision. Nonetheless it’s the right decision for the family. We are due to have our second baby and my wife has had a bit of a tough time so I need to be in England. I need to put the family first at the minute. If we can get that sorted then I can concentrate on the cricket. I’m here in Yorkshire and it’s a bit open-ended when I’ll be available for selection, but hopefully I’ll definitely be ready for the 50-over competition.”
It was a right decision by David Willey because already he has missed 2 matches of IPL and by the time he would have joined his squad he would have missed 1 or 2 games also. Also all English players are bound to return to England till 25th April to participate in training for world cup. So technically speaking he would have played only 7 or 8 matches in IPL for his team CSK. Hence, it was good decision for him and his team to opt out of IPL.
CSK is yet to announce David Willey replacement. But this a very bad news for CSK as already they have lost one fast bowler Lungi Ngidi due to injury and no replacement of him has been announced yet. With David Willey and Lungi Ngidi not available in CSK, the bowling squad especially fast bowling of CSK looks too weak.