- Chennai Super Kings are looking at Yorkshire cricketer David Willey as a possible Kedar Jadhav replacement for IPL 2018
- Kedar Jadhav IPL 2018 campaign came to an abrupt end after the all-rounder suffered a grade 2 hamstring injury during the IPL 2018 opener against Mumbai Indians
- While CSK look to make David Willey IPL 2018 campaign a possibility, Yorkshire county are not willing to lose another player to the Indian Premier League
The English county cricket season is going to begin on Friday (April 13), and the teams are getting ready for action. However, an unprecedented development has put Yorkshire county and Yorkshire’s player, David Willey, in a dilemma. While already a bunch of players are in a deadlock with the counties over the latter’s unwillingness to extend player contracts beyond one year to the end of 2019, IPL 2018 franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have contacted Yorkshire cricketer David Willey to come in as Kedar Jadhav replacement, after the CSK all-rounder was ruled out for the rest of the IPL 2018 season after suffering a grade 2 hamstring injury during the IPL 2018 opener clash against Mumbai Indians. As Kedar Jadhav IPL 2018 campaign reached an abrupt end, it could make way for an unprecedented start of David Willey IPL 2018 campaign.
CSK look at David Willey as Kedar Jadhav replacement for Indian Premier League 2018
As reported by Cricbuzz, in the absence of a proper contract extension for players in England county cricket, teams from outside England and other county teams can approach a player who is in the last year of his contract from April 10, Tuesday. The proper procedure for this requires the team to hand in a notice of their intention to speak to the player within 28 days, something which CSK are already reported to be doing, in order to take care of Kedar Jadhav replacement for IPL 2018.
While Yorkshire are unwilling to lose David Willey with England county season right around the corner, Chennai Super Kings have made their intentions known after they filed the required paperwork with the Indian Premier League on Sunday, in order to make David Willey IPL 2018 a true possibility. The situation is rather problematic for Yorkshire, especially after already having lost Liam Plunkett to Delhi Daredevils earlier this month as a replacement for Kagiso Rabada.
England County Cricket in a turmoil
While Yorkshire are clearly in the between of a rock and a hard place, somewhat similar is the situation of every other county. This is so, for the domestic county ODI competition is set to run alongside a soon-to-be England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) launched T20 cricket competition. On one hand is the the players’ need to feel secure and acquire lengthy contracts with the counties, and on the other hand the counties are insecure, as they fear their players going on and switching over to either the Indian Premier League, or the ECB’s T20 cricket competition.
To give way to a quandary of sorts, the Players Cricket Association held annual pre-season workshops at all 18 counties to address the uncertainty that lies ahead of 2020, and to outline the advantages and disadvantages of not signing deals that go beyond the summer of 2019.
The Players Cricket Association are also in talks with the ECB to grant them increased salaries, which would be easy given the extra money obtained by the ECB through the GBP 1.1 billion deal that comes into effect in 2020 for the cricketers. Perhaps a little extra money to improve salaries across the board might give the cricketers an incentive to stay and clear out some of the insecurity.
In case the salary caps are approved to be increased, a player on an existing deal might still not be able to be on the receiving end of it, unless his contract is up for negotiation. This is another reason for which the Players Cricket Association need some clarity from the counties, and it is one which will surely be discussed, when the county coaches hold a meeting on Tuesday (April 10) at Edgbaston, to be chaired by Yorkshire’s director of cricket Martyn Moxon.
While on one hand is an abrupt end to Kedar Jadhav IPL 2018 campaign and the concern of Chennai Super Kings to find an apt Kedar Jadhav replacement, on the other hand is the uncertainty whether David Willey IPL 2018 can be a possibility, given the turmoil that has engulfed the upcoming English county cricket season, Yorkshire and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
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