IPL 2018: David Willey drafted into Chennai Super Kings

IPL 2018: David Willey drafted into Chennai Super Kings

David Willey will join Sam Billings and Mark Wood as the English contingent of the CSK franchise

David Willey
England’s David Willey. (Photo by OLLY GREENWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) emerged victorious against the Mumbai Indians in a cliffhanger at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The franchise was behind the 8-ball for a chunk of the game, however, they stormed back courtesy some lusty blow from Dwayne Bravo, which got them to the threshold of victory. Thereafter, Kedar Jadhav finished the game with a couple of scorching boundaries.

Despite the triumph, the franchise has plenty to worry about as Kedar Jadhav has recently been ruled out of the entire Indian Premier League (IPL) owing to a hamstring injury. He suffered the injury during CSKs run chase and had to retire-hurt midway. Nevertheless, he came back after the dismissal of Bravo and carted Mustafizur Rahman for a six and a four off consecutive balls to take CSK over the finishing line.

Meanwhile, as per reports in The Cricketer, David Willey, the English all-rounder has agreed to play for CSK. The Northampton-born player has supposedly been drafted in as a replacement of the injured Indian batsman. Prior to the IPL call-up, he was set to represent Yorkshire in the English county. Liam Plunkett, another Yorkshire player, has been roped in by the Delhi Daredevils.

Willey and Plunkett to miss out for Yorkshire

Plunkett replaced Kagiso Rabada, who had previously been ruled out of the tournament, because of a back strain which triggered during South Africa’s fourth Test against Australia at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. Meanwhile, Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket is gutted over missing out on the star cricketers.

“We find ourselves in an impossible situation with these late replacement requests. At the moment, we are potentially looking at a situation where if we deny a player an opportunity, we will be left with someone who is not completely focused on playing for Yorkshire. This would be counter-productive.” Moxon was quoted as saying in an interaction with the media.

Meanwhile, he also vowed to bring in a law wherein the English players will be restricted from leaving England after a certain point of time. “I will be calling for the introduction of a cut-off date, after which players will not be allowed to go to the IPL. Hopefully, this can gain national approval and be supported by the ECB.” he added.

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