Yorkshire nearly SACKED me! David Willey admits offer to play in IPL nearly cost him his place at county level
- David Willey accepted a last-ditch offer to play in IPL with Chennai Super Kings
- Move upset Yorkshire who threatened to terminate all-rounder’s contract
- But Willey has settled differences with the county and has been in good form
- The 28-year-old though does not regret decision to travel to India
David Willey has revealed his career at Yorkshire almost came to an acrimonious end when he accepted a last-ditch offer to play in this season’s Indian Premier League.
Willey’s adopted county felt they were left in the lurch when he took off in April to play for Chennai Super Kings, who went on to win the IPL on their return to the competition.
And so upset were Yorkshire with the all-rounder who came to England’s rescue with a match-winning performance in the first one-day international against Australia that they threatened to ‘rip up his contract.’
David Willey has revealed how he was nearly sacked by Yorkshire after playing in the IPL
‘I was threatened with them ripping up my contract which wasn’t great but everything’s been resolved,’ said Willey after his unbeaten 35 guided England to a three-wicket victory at the Oval. I’ve signed on for another year now.’
Willey, 28, spent most of his time in India sitting on the bench, taking just two expensive wickets in his three Chennai performances, but he insists he has benefited from the experience.
‘It wasn’t a tough decision to go,’ said Willey. ‘It was a no-brainer. You don’t get the chance to play in the biggest Twenty20 competition in the world every day. The landscape of the game is changing and I do think counties should try to work with it rather than against it.
‘Ultimately you would think counties will benefit from their players going whether it is immediately with them coming back and winning games or in the longer term going on to help develop youngsters.
Willey helped England to a three-wicket victory over Australia in Wednesday’s ODI
‘There is no better way for young guys to learn than to play with experienced players from all round the world and I think if counties looked at these competitions as a longer term benefit it would be better for all involved.’
For now Willey is pleased to have played a part with both ball and bat in England’s first Royal London one-day win after a chastening experience in the defeat by Scotland in Edinburgh.
‘In contrast to Scotland we were pretty pleased as a bowling unit with how it went at the Oval,’ added Willey as England moved on to Cardiff for tomorrow’s second 50-over match of five. ‘And I’ve under-achieved with the bat for England so it was nice to get us over the line in what could have been a sticky finish.’
The all-rounder has settled his dispute with Yorkshire as he now chases success with England