England bowler David Willey pulls out of IPL 2019 for family reasons

David Willey has pulled out of the 2019 Indian Premier League (Picture: Getty)

England bowler David Willey has pulled out of the 2019 Indian Premier League for family reasons.

The 29-year-old, a regular in England’s one-day team over the past two years, was due to play for last year’s champions Chennai Super Kings.

His arrival at the tournament was delayed because of the late birth of his second child and he has decided to remain in England to support his wife, Carolynne.

Willey said: ‘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.’

Willey was due to play in his second IPL, having made three appearances for Chennai last year. The Super Kings have won their opening two IPL fixtures this term.


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