David Willey has withdrawn from this year’s Indian Premier League due to family reasons.

Willey’s wife Carolynne is due to give birth to their second child, forcing the Yorkshire all-rounder to remain in Leeds instead of linking up with the Chennai Super Kings.

The 30-year-old has been training with Yorkshire and was present at today’s media day at Emerald Headingley.

He is expecting to be available for the start of the Royal London one-day Cup midway through next month.

“Unfortunately due to some family reasons, I’ve had to pull out of the IPL,” he said. “We are due our second baby and my wife’s had a bit of a tough time, so I’m having to make sure she’s alright.

“It’s a bit open-ended as to when I’ll be available for Yorkshire, but hopefully I’ll be available for the start of the 50-over competition.

“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.

“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.”

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