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Willey to join up with Chennai Super Kings

— 9 April 2018

David Willey has agreed to sign for Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings.

The all-rounder left the Fischer Ground on Monday morning during Yorkshire’s two-day friendly against Leicestershire to finalise terms with Chennai.

Willey’s late call-up comes after team-mate Liam Plunkett joined IPL side Delhi Daredevils on Saturday.

Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket said: “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.

“There are now 12 English players in this year’s IPL, so the issue goes further than just here at Emerald Headingley.

“I will be chairing a meeting with other directors of cricket tomorrow at Edgbaston to discuss the future of the game. With the number of domestic T20 contracts available worldwide, it is important that we future-proof the County Championship. 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.”

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