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England international David Willey withdraws from KFC BBL|12

David Willey
David Willey

England’s T20 World Cup squad member David Willey has advised Sydney Thunder he will not be playing in this summer’s KFC BBL competition.

The 32-year-old was recruited by Thunder as the club’s platinum signing at the inaugural BBL draft held in August because of his stellar ability to bowl throughout an innings.

However, Willey, who was a proven Big Bash performer during his stint with the Perth Scorchers, and Thunder’s management have come to a mutual agreement to terminate his contract.

Head of Sydney Thunder, Andrew Gilchrist, said while he was disappointed not to have Willey playing for Thunder, he respected the England international’s decision.

“David and his management have been tremendous to deal with,” said Gilchrist. “Sydney Thunder regrets David won’t be playing for us this season, but we wish him and his family all the very best for the future."

Gilchrist confirmed Thunder had commenced its search for a world-class player to replace Willey.

“We’ve started the process, but Sydney Thunder boasts some incredible players on this summer's roster.

“Alex Hales has been a star for England’s T20 World Cup campaign, and Rilee Rossouw proved while playing for South Africa how dangerous he can be,” said Gilchrist.

“We also have the best signing of the season in Dave Warner, while Jason Sangha, Chris Green, Tanveer Sangha, Ben Cutting, and Matthew Gilkes are among the best in the business.

“There is a lot for Thunder Nation to be excited about.”

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