David Willey says Yorkshire threatened to tear up contract for playing in IPL

first_imgCricket David Willey says Yorkshire threatened to rip up his contract over the 11th-hour move to the Indian Premier League at the start of the season.The all-rounder, who saw England home with the bat in their three-wicket win over Australia on Wednesday, has since buried the hatchet with his employer by this week signing a one-year extension that takes him up to the end of 2019. But the initial reaction to his missing the first seven weeks of the summer to play (somewhat fleetingly) for Chennai Super Kings, the eventual IPL winners, as a late injury replacement still demonstrates the angst caused by overseas Twenty20 leagues.On his £225,000 IPL deal, Willey said: “It was a no-brainer. You don’t get the chance to go and play in the biggest T20 competition in the world every day. I was threatened with them ripping my contract up, which wasn’t great, but that has all been resolved now. Reuse this content Eoin Morgan steers England to ODI win after Moeen puts Australia in a spin Since you’re here… Topics Share on LinkedIn IPL Read more Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook England cricket team Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Yorkshire “I think the landscape of the modern game is changing and I do think that counties should try and work with it – rather than work against it – and look at the longer-term picture. There would be fewer arguments and fallouts along the way.”Despite playing just three games for CSK, Willey claims Yorkshire benefit from the knowledge he gleaned when rubbing alongside the likes of MS Dhoni, Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis, both in terms of his own performances and advice to younger players.He also feels his love for cricket was renewed: the catalyst for the 11 wickets and scores of 131 and 71 witnessed during a brief three-match return in the Royal London Cup.The club may not quite be converted by this IPL enthusiasm yet. Martyn Moxon, director of cricket, is pushing for a cut-off point to prevent such late moves – he also lost Liam Plunkett to Dehli Daredevils on the eve of the season – and a greater share of the compensation the IPL pays to the England and Wales Cricket Board.While Plunkett is likely to leave Headingley at the end of the year – the fast bowler has been cleared to speak to other counties – Willey is sticking around and keen to play all formats, even if his appearances will remain sparse if he is part of England’s World Cup plans.The series-opening win over Australia at the Oval helped his cause here. After being mauled by Scotland on Sunday, the 28-year-old claimed one for 41 and an unbeaten 35 from No 8 that steered Eoin Morgan’s side to their target of 215 – his highest score in 56 limited-overs matches, despite being an explosive opener at domestic level.He added: “It is a different role and it requires different skills to what I do at Yorkshire. It was nice to be out there at the end. I’ve probably underachieved with the bat to date for England. I’ve got to keep developing my game for the latter stages of an innings.” news Share via Emaillast_img