Chennai Super Kings (CSK) allrounder David Willey has pulled out of Indian Premier League 2019 due to family reasons. Willey will not feature for CSK as he will remain at home for the birth of his second child.
The Yorkshire cricketer released a statement which said that his wife was going through a tough phase and the the 30-year-old has decided to remain at home to see everything turns out well. Wiley also stated that the franchise has supported his decision.
Speaking to CSK’s official website, Willey said, “My wife’s had a bit of a tough time, so I’m having to make sure she’s alright. Chennai were very understanding and very supportive, as Yorkshire have been as well.”
“It’s never an easy decision. But, nonetheless, it’s the right decision,” he added.
“I need to put my family first at the minute, and cricket’s secondary to that. We’ll get that sorted and then I can concentrate on cricket,” he further added.
Willey did not feature in any of England’s recent ODI matches against the West Indies but is still hopeful he can play in this summer’s World Cup.
“Over the last 18 months to two years, it’s shown when I’m playing regular cricket I play my best cricket,” he said.
“To play in the build-up to that will be brilliant for me, and hopefully it puts my name at the forefront of the captain’s and the selectors’ minds,” he added.